I’ve been holding out on you. I admit it. I’ve been plotting and planning and thinking and investigating for quite some time now, but I didn’t say anything. I couldn’t say anything until it was all finalized. But now it is: I’m going to culinary school.
One year from now, I will be the proud bearer of a Culinary Certificate degree specializing in “Catering & Personal Chef.” Its a part-time program; 5 hours a night, 3-nights a week for one year. I’ll still be working my day-job at Edelman, but reducing my work week to 4 days, to give myself some time for homework (and maybe laundry too??). I feel very, very lucky to work at a company that supports this dream — and hopefully it will end up being a value to them to, since I work mainly on food and nutrition accounts.
Of course, I’m MOST lucky to have JiT by my side. I’ve been considering culinary school for years but without his unwaivering encouragement and support I never would have taken the leap to do it. While there is no way I’ll ever really be able to pay him back for everything he’s doing for me….hopefully a steady supply of my “homework” will be a good start (I have a feeling Baking & Pastry class homework might be his favorite).
Anyway, I’m expecting to be pretty frazzled for the next few months…at least until I get the hang of this double-life I’ll be leading. But I’m also extremely excited! The school I’m attending — Kendall College — is one of the best. They have amazing facilities and wonderful staff…I got so excited on my tour. Listening to the chefs debate the best cuts of meat for a certain dish, or which cooking method to use….it was rivetting!
Please bear with me in January. I’m sure when I first start classes I might be a little spotty on the blog (don’t get me started on the irony of cooking all the time and not having anything to blog about). But as soon as my uniform arrives, I promise a picture of me in my chef’s coat and funny hat, standing with my knife kit Top Chef style!