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Belgium in Brief: What’s Your Backstory?

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Yesterday I was talking about vegetarian restaurants, today it’s chocolate, as a new award from French restaurant guide Gault & Millau has named a former financial worker Brussels Chocolatier of the Year.

Ok, it isn’t so much the chocolate that caught my attention (enticing though it is), but the drastic career change from a presumably secure and well-paid job to something completely unrelated but about which you are passionate. Here’s someone who has taken a private passion and gone after it in a professional capacity.

It’s a fantastic backstory, and I’m sure we all have our own personal joys that we confine to the after-hours, second to life’s more urgent engagements that put food on the table and a roof over our heads.

It’s constantly surprising how people have hidden talents you didn’t expect – look no further than the people suggesting recipes yesterday on Twitter. So, what’s your thing?

Worked as a barista, so you can bust out a great coffee? Made cocktails through college?

Did some crazy gap year job you still talk about to this day?

Worked as a butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker, only to nurture those skills at home?

What’s your secret passion?

Let @johnstonjules know (or email me j.johnston@brusselstimes.com

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2. Former financial worker wins Brussels Chocolatier of the Year

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A former professional in the financial sector has been awarded the title of Brussels Chocolatier of the Year in the Chocolatier 2022 guide, produced by French restaurant guide Gault & Millau. Here’s more.

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5. Study: 23 harmful pesticides in Belgian bedrooms

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