I don’t know if it’s from all the butter we used in school or all of the love I’ve been receiving from friends and family, but my heart is pumping with joy! I can’t say enough how thankful I am for such supportive family and friends in my life. We might be miles away, but your congratulations mean so much.
EVERYONE: “How do you feel now that you’ve graduated from culinary school?” – To be honest, it still hasn’t set in! Even after six months, I am still both surprised and proud of myself for following my dream and going to culinary school. Over the past six months, I’ve developed so many new techniques and skills, and gained more confidence in my ability to execute difficult dishes and work with new ingredients. I intend to continue to broaden my knowledge and learn as much as I can about different cultures and cuisines.
This journey has also taught me more than just about cooking and baking, but about who I am as a person. It has taught me that it’s okay to be alone to learn about yourself; it’s okay to miss your family and friends because it makes your time together that much more special; it’s okay to have a few weeks here or there when you are upset and it takes more than a few donuts to pull yourself together; it’s okay that some friendships might suffer from the distance because those who are really your friends will be there for you; and it’s okay to step outside your comfort zone because you never know what is going to happen if you don’t take a chance. And most importantly, if you want something to happen, you have to do it yourself; no one is going to hand your dream to you, you’ve got to get out there and make it happen – hustle baby.
I feel at home in the kitchen. To have the opportunities to experiment with new ingredients, improve my skills and techniques, and be surrounded by good food and good friends – that is what I call living the dream. So much more to come my friends, so much more to come! Let the adventure begin.