In my day: We quiz Gary McIldowney on the time of his life
Q: What was your decade?
A: The 90s. Life was much simpler - going to school and working part-time with no worries or stress. It's also the decade where I found my two passions - music and food.
Q: What was life like?
A: I was at grammar school and keen to work part-time when I probably should have been grafting for exams. I got the bus from school at 3.15pm and was usually in work at the Wellington Park Hotel by 4pm a couple of evenings a week. It was great to have money to spend on whatever I wanted, mostly music.
Q: What were you listening to?
A: Repetitive electronic music and big dance tunes.
Q: And the style?
A: Really bad and embarrassing. Big brand names emblazoned across clothing. Two of the most expensive items I've owned are from the 90s - a really uncool Henri Lloyd sailing jacket and a brown leather jacket I picked up in New York.
Q: What has changed?
A: I've developed my own style rather than trying to keep up with the fashion pack. The biggest change is having a family.
Q: What was better?
A: Well, all the money I earned, I spent on me.
- Gary McIldowney is owner of Slim's Healthy Kitchen, Lisburn Road, Belfast www.slimskitchen.com