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Sat Sep 3, 2016, 08:53 PM

Oddly creative ways. [View all]

Four years ago, I chucked a decades long career in government consulting to go to Pastry School.

Most. Difficult. Time. Of. My. Life!!

You've seen those shows where the chef yells and screams and berates his underlings. You feel bad for them. They are, for the most part, working hard. Trying to make it right....good..acceptable. Edible.

But, no... I paid $20,000 to get demoralized and ridiculed. The instructors came up with oddly creative ways to make me feel like a total failure. "Your Pate a Choux is not the perfect consistency." The first EVER time I made it. "Didn't you pay attention to the 30-sec demo we gave you??!!?? Where are your notes." Cuz I can multitask like some Twitter groupie!

I, at 52 years old, was up against 20-somethings. It wasn't a competition. But I had something to prove. Those young-ens were not gonna show me up! And then, they did. And, BTW, SOME OF THOSE 20-somethings were incredible, awesome bakers.

I was defeated...deflated. This Pastry school has churned out White House chefs. Who was I? But, you want to know something....I won't be the next White House pastry chef. But, despite the abuse, I learned a hard lesson. I learned a lot. That homemade puff pastry is 100 times better than store bought. That Seasonal fruits and veggies hands down beat fruit from South America.

And I remember that, for all the abuse I took...I learned a great deal.

I also learned to not treat people like crap.

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