UK...that's exciting...well, for me at least. I'm stuck in Misery(Missouri). You have no idea how badly I want to leave, lol.
I know what's it's like to be a n00b, so if you need any help, let me know, lol. You could start by looking for a Fanclub to join(fc = fanclub, just so you know), or just looking around the forums homepage. That's how I started. It takes some time, lol, but I'm sure you'll get the hang of it soon enough, lol.
I'm in college atm, working at Culinary Arts. I'm thinking about eventually moving to France to study under some REAL chefs, 'cuz there really aren't any around where I live, lol.