Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Still here.......

Despite my best intention to update this space, I could barely muster the energy to organize my thoughts or form coherent sentences by the end of each passing days. The past month was hectic to say the least but so fulfilling. My waking hours had been occupied by many exciting opportunities that I don't even know where to begin!

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First, there's my internship at the most amazing patisserie in Chicago and another photo shoot for an esteemed organization with a renowned pastry chef. Then there's my final exam in pastry school and the graduation.

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Ah, the graduation, the closure of a chapter in my life. I couldn't believe 6 months has just fled in a blink of an eye. It feels like it was only yesterday , when chef Jacquy addressed my class about how fast time will pass when we are in school. How we should relish every seconds when we are there and soak up the informations and techniques like sponges.

Now that school's over, the next stage of my sweet life commences. I am a full time intern at a marvellous french patisserie. The works that the guys at the patisserie do are beautiful and inspiring at the same time. I count myself lucky to have the opportunity to spend some months learning from them. Never in my wildest dream had I imagined the hobby I started as a way to kill time could turn into a career. I still don't have a job offer yet, but I figure I am on the right track. So I am just,going to focus on learning and doing my best during my internship.

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Unfortunately, there will not be any recipes on this site for awhile. After all the hard work in a bakery, baking at home seems the least likely way to unwind for me. But I will try to post my random thoughts/ observations while working in the bakery as often as I can....

20 comments:

Stardust said...

Congratulations Mandy! I'm so glad that your hobby is has become a fulfilling aspect of your life! Continue to enjoy baking, and I'm sure that a fine career is in making.

Anonymous said...

I learned your blog from a online food forum and has followed it for a while. You are very talanted in this. I believe you will have a bright future and I am glad that someone can go to work every day with passion.

Navita (Gupta) Hakim said...

Hi mandy my first time here and already I have read more than 15 posts of yours....loved the way life has shaped itslef to embrace ur 'hobby'. I wish I could also enroll in a pastry school...I love cooking and baking. Just started a blog..'novice'....I would be glad if you could offer me tips on how to improve and also how to get assignments...love taking pics, infact the camera stays in my kitchen :)

Jennywenny said...

Wow! What amazing photos! I particularly love the dotty wedding cake at the top. I'm a bit rubbish at getting things straight so I think mine would look a little wonky if I tried it!!

I started my work experience yesterday as a cake decorator. I was really sad to see all the vats of crisco buttercream and stuff, but I'll definitely be learning to construct the cakes, even if they dont taste perfect!

I hope after this experience I still want to do this!

Good luck in your future endeavors!

Amanda said...

Mandy, everything looks delicious! That white cake with the flowers around the top looks like something out of a magazine. Hopefully you can share some insight and tips about working in a pastry shop. I'm intrigued :)

Eliana said...

I'm looking forward to hearing about your experience as an intern, as I have been contemplating a career change of mine own but am scared to jump into it.

Manggy said...

Can't wait to read about your adventures Mandy! Is the second (polka-dotted) cake yours? It is freaking gorgeous!

Thip said...

Congratuations and welcome to the professional world, Mandy. :)

veron said...

Wow, has it been six months? Congratulations, Mandy and have fun with your internship - will it still be in chicago?

Happy Homebaker said...

Hi Mandy, having followed your blog for the past few years, I am so pleased to hear that you are now on your road to become a professional p√Ętissier, keep up the great work :)

ring-a-ding-a-ling said...

congrats on ur success Mandy!! I am back in Singapore, such a pity we didnt get to meet in States but but but I will see you in Singapore =) with your own cafe! =) ALL the Best!

heygeorge said...

I randomly stumbled here today and god I am happy for you. :)) Keep up the hard work!

Ann said...

Wow.. this is awesome, i love all your blog pictures

Maria said...

Congrats! Glad you are enjoying your baking life:) Love the photos!

Angela said...

What beautiful cakes Mandy, I am sure you will have learned so many things while in training, probably a lot more than you are aware of at the moment. Keep posting :-)

delightfullysweet said...

Congratulations!
Everything looks amazing!

Judy said...

you have such an amazing blog! i'm awestruck by your amazing photographs!

Rose&Thorn said...

What an inspiration - I have spent so much of my life wishing I could and thinking I should. You have made your dream a reality. Thank you for inspiring me to stop the could and should and try "I DID"!

Marc (HomeTrendsMag) said...

Wow - now I am hungry! Congratulations on graduating!

Mandy said...

thanks everyone for your lovely comments! And no I didn't make every pastries you see in this post! it's everybody's effort in making the graduation buffet.

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