I'm going back to school... and I couldn't be more excited!
Back in the spring of 2011 when I graduated high school, I applied for two programs, the programs that were my top passions and interests. These were: Fine Arts, and Baking. To apply for any other program just didn't make sense to me. I had the time to dream about each program and build up a great desire for BOTH of them. Of course I could only do one, and I was lucky that my first choice of going to art school welcomed me with open arms. I saw that I was more suited for pursuing that goal at the time. But there was always part of me that wondered about going to baking school... what would it be like? What if? Very long story short: I rocked it out at art school, loving nearly every minute of it! I learned so much about myself as an artist and as a person, made so many life long connections and friendships, and would never change that experience. I am so proud of myself for graduating from art school, a life dream of mine completed. I took the next year off to live a life without school, and just reflect. As I spent this year reflecting, I kept noticing a buzzing in the back of my head. That buzz was baking schooooool...
I remember one evening I was chatting with my mother and rambling on about some kind of baking related thing when she politely let me finish before she said, "Larissa I think you should go to baking school". I felt an odd sense of relief to hear that, and somehow something clicked in my head... Why not? Why not go to baking school? Just because I pursued my one post secondary dream does not mean that I cannot pursue another one!
I believe that fine art and baking have so many similarities and cross-overs, and they compliment each other beautifully. The program is called "Baking and Pastry Arts", so really I am just pursuing another art form, my studio is simply moving to the kitchen. Before I had even fully decided if it was where my life was going, I had applied the night before the deadline, gotten one of the last interview slots, and then to my amazement, I was given the final spot in the program.
It's never to late to be who you might have been.
I'm already in my second week of school, and things are already incredibly busy. I'm trying to fit a lot into every day because I have a lot of things I am passionate about and want to do! Although this is something I have always wanted and I think/know I will have so much fun doing it, it is still school, and school is a lot of hard work and commitment. I want to soak up as much as possible because I know two years is gonna fly by. Hopefully I can document some of my experiences here, not only to share, but to enrich my own experience and reflect on what I am doing and learning.
Probably one of the best parts about being a baking student is instead of paying for expensive text books that you might only look at during school, we get a whole tool kit full of professional grade baking and cooking equipment :D That's my kind of school supplies.
The first of these tools I got to test out was my RIDICULOUSLY SHARP chefs knife! After many classroom theory sessions, I was very excited to step foot in the Kitchen shop for the first time. I've never been more stoked to cut an apple.
Our chef had us practice our knife skills and taught us four techniques: Slicing, dicing, julienne, and brunoise. (apparently my julienne needs a little work, chef says.)
I can't wait until we actually start baking! Until then, I will continue to nerd out about flour properties and ingredient functions and baking calculations. It doesn't really feel like school at all...
Stay tuned for more fun facts, techniques and delicious recipes!!!