Sunday, September 27, 2009

The FoodLover's Dream come True!

Culinary School? I have secretly hoped for this opportunity for a long time, but wondered if it was too indulgent and if I could make a career out of it. Now I know with certainty that this is what I was born to do!

Perfect Fit? - Absolutely!

Confident? -Totally!

Challenging?- Hopefully!

Inspiring?- Daily!

Steph will be a Chef! So if you know me well enough this will come as no surprise. Simply put, my love and passion for Food and every last detail that surrounds its origins, nutritional aspects and creative preparation is what I live and breathe daily. This has been the case my whole life. From the time I was old enough to make my own plate at the dinner table I have been in love with the thought of choosing my Food and questioning its role in my life. How does the Food I choose affect my daily ability to have energy and live? Where does my food come from? How do we make it taste so good! Some of you may know that I initially set out to achieve a degree in Dietetics, and I have not abandoned this approach, its just currently on hold for the moment due to logistics. Besides, nutrition will always be extremely important to me and at the core of my approach to creating delicious cuisine, but as I set forth on my path to greater knowledge I found myself being led towards the fundamentals of how to create "Good Food" and ultimately ended up at the Great Lakes Culinary Institute. Now I have the wonderful opportunity and pleasure of spending my time in the classroom kitchen, actively achieving the skills that will allow me to have the credibility and knowledge to use Food to make a difference in the world. Becoming a Chef is my dream come true, and I have known for a while that it is truly the career I have wanted to pursue, yet somehow until now I had pushed that dream down- I think since I had committed to the Dietetics degree initially I thought I needed to see it through, but I truly believe that the desires God placed so strongly in my heart were realized when that plan didn't go exactly as I had hoped, and my acceptance to EMU didn't take place this year (I had the top spot on a waiting list, but it didn't open up)
Now I am exploring my options once I obtain my degree in Culinary Arts. I am interested in teaching, and in creating a community approach to discovering Food through its origins in Agriculture, its effects nutritionally, and how to prepare it all once you bring it home. I truly believe that a lot of these concepts would be a great benefit to all ages and most especially to children. If a child has the opportunity to learn "now" at an early age how to make Good healthy food choices they will be able to carry this knowledge with them for the rest of their lives as a foundation for a sustainable and vibrant future.

So now I invite you to join with me as I embark on a new journey and as I embrace the opportunity to learn and grow as an eager and excited Culinary Student. I can't wait to share with you all the details and what it takes to reach my goal- I have a smile on my face, I know I am exactly where I am supposed to be and I will be Successful!

A Stellar Life begins when we recognize this:

SWEET ACCEPTANCE- because today brings me by and by ever closer to my ultimate finale- (which is very hopefully decades beyond this day) So I plan to embrace my God given opportunity to LIVE, to SHARE, and to LOVE~ because I have FAITH that by being TRUE to my youthful ambitions, the world will notice a life can be wealthy with HAPPINESS~ You see my expectation is that every moment- even the tough ones- is a wonderful gift to be cherished. By God's WILL and GRACE I except my MISSION to live, and I will stay FOCUSED and THANKFUL on my life's journey- A new Day has arrived and with a happy heart and a smile I say "Welcome, now lets get going my friends!"