Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Fourth Term Done, So What Have I Learned?
I can't believe it but I have completed my four term at The Midwest Culinary Institute. I can remember it was just a year ago when I made the decision to attend culinary school and become a wanna be Chef. So nervous and wondering if I will even make it through the first term more less one year. It was not what I expected, and exactly what I expected to be honest. I can still remember my first class when the instructor asked what every ones culinary aspirations. Almost half of the people said they wanted to be a celebrity chef of some sort on the Food Network. To be honest I don't think most of them even made it through Cooking 1. Myself I believe I said, "That I hoped one day long time from now I hope I can feel confident in calling myself a Chef." That is still a long way away, don't let the chef hat fool you, because I think it will be years before I will ever feel ok with calling myself a Chef.
So what have I learned in one year? Well I have learned how to make homemade mayo, how to make a perfect Bearnaise sauce, and how to roast a chicken. I have also learned how to accept the fact that you will cut yourself and it will hurt and you will burn yourself and that will also hurt. This is a reality when you surround yourself by fire and knives. But it was fire and knives that attracted me to cooking as a kid, it made me feel grown up and it made me feel powerful. I would have to say I still feel that power when I hone my knifes or flambe so high I don't have eyebrows for a week.
It has certainly been a journey so far but I am making sure to enjoy the ride.
Now go cook something.