When I first started pondering becoming a chef, I envisioned myself as a chef much like this image, working on sweet, delectable treats. The first time I enrolled in culinary school, about 6 years ago, I don’t remember if I picked the pastry or the culinary arts program, but I do remember that I decided not to go down that road so that I could go to dental school. After being miserable for a year, I left dental school and then did some more soul searching about what I should do. I thought about culinary school again, but for some reason, I didn’t think I could do it. I then decided to try my hand at teaching. There were a lot of pros at the time, but after trying it for a few years, I ultimately grew to resent my job and so, I quit. All the while, I was still an avid cook & baker. Well, more of a baker. I looked forward to different events at school so that I could bake and I’d make bread and other treats at home. This time, I quit my job and enrolled in culinary school and didn’t look back.
Now that I’m well into my culinary journey, I do wonder why I didn’t enroll in the pastry program. Not that I regret doing culinary-I’m learning an amazing amount of stuff and I’m loving it! But, I do ultimately love to bake. Really, I’m afraid if I do what I truly love for my job, I’d get sick of it as it becomes something I HAVE to do instead of something I want to do. Also, the culinary programs offer a little bit of everything, so I’ll get a more well-rounded education.
I’ve been pondering this more lately since my chef instructor found out I baked a lot. Then I started bringing some of my treats into class. It really meant a lot to me when she said she thought I have a talent for baking. She also called me “the queen of baking”! She happily devoured 2 whoopie pies! I’m eager for the pastry mod but for now, I’m very happy learning how to properly make soups and sauces, how to fry, and roast and ultimately, how to function in a professional kitchen. I do hope to work in a restaurant with active savory and sweet kitchens so I can get my hands into both!
For now I’ll focus on making my delectable treats at home. Here are some of my latest creations, Whoopie Pies, from the Joy of Baking. I was inspired to make these after I read the New York Times article about them.