Meet a pharmacist whose hobby is fast becoming a pleasurable business for him. Relax, stay sparkling, and enjoy as you read.
My name is Abiola. I have a degree in Pharmaceutics- Bsc (Hons) from Dublin Institute of Technology, and M.sc in Healthcare Informatics from University College, Dublin.
I have worked in the pharmaceutical industry for twelve years in various positions. I worked at Merck pharmaceuticals for ten years and presently, I work in a world leading pharmaceutical plant as a QA chemist in Dublin. I totally love my job, but when I am not working, I enjoy entertaining family and friends.
One day, I bought a Weber barbecue machine which was pretty expensive, and my wife (Dolapo Sanusi-Ola) asked me to justify the reason for spending so much on it and to let her know how I intended to make the money back as she along with my pastor (Pastor Tunde Adebayo-Oke), and a few friends had been asking me to turn my passion for grilling into a business for a while. So, I decided to go into the business and also to make back my money for the Weber machine.😄 The rest, as they say, is history.
I love hosting people, and I love to grill and experiment with different types of food. So it was a good mix for me- hosting and making barbecues for my guests. At the time I decided to take it to the next level as a business, there were very few restaurants or places you could go to for good barbecue meals.
I believe the barbecue business can be a good side or full-time business for anyone who would like to go into it, but the person must have a passion for it. Especially because the food preparation time can be time-consuming.
Starting a barbecue business is pretty easy but can be expensive too. I will say this; every business can be lucrative once you find your niche and target market, but in the food business, things such as referrals, food quality, food presentation goes a long way.
The first step to take if you want to go into food business is have training in Food and Safety, Food catering, HACCP, Fire Safety and Fire Management, Health and Safety, Manual Handling; and most importantly, have your shop/premises registered with your Local Environment Health Officer.
You will also need to get a Food/ Product/ Public Liability Insurance for the business, and then register the business with Revenue/HRM.
I am a member of the Irish Barbecue Association and the World Barbecue Network.
I worked very hard to build my name for myself. I have worked at literally every major food festival in Ireland and Northern Ireland. I will soon be grilling at Europes biggest barbecue festival in Dublin called “The Big Grill Festival”
Some of the festivals I have worked at – Africa Day, Dublin 2015-2018, Longford Food Festival, International Food Festival, Dublin. Dublin Food Market at Merrion square, Rave Market Food festival, Camden Street, Dublin. Taste of Wicklow, Wicklow. Red Cup Summer Barbecue, Dublin and Belfast. I have done Private barbecue events in Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom and the United States, plus many more public events.
For people who look down on such a profession, I would like them to know that grilling is an art and a skill. Any profession that anyone is passionate about should be celebrated.