The kitchens that we as students learn and work within used to feel strange and unknown to me. I always felt like I was trying to figure out where something was located or scrambling around while trying to accomplish my daily production tasks. Also, the classmates that I knew were in their second year seemed so much more cooler and wiser than me. I am so far only a little first year student. I admire how these second year classmates move through the walk-in, kitchen and hallways with such grace and comfortability. The way they called out a hello to the chef instructors or joked with other classmates in the halls really caught my attention and I found myself looking forward to the day when I would fit in the same way.
The knowledge and hands on skills I am practicing are really starting to take form too. My intuitions and ideas have a stronger sense about them. I know this because when I transfer my performance to the home kitchen, there are certain meals and baked goods that I used to struggle with that are now turning out quite a bit nicer. Its the techniques that are being honed- my abilities are more precise, and I have a sharper understanding about how to create good food. (Though I still struggle with sharpening my own knife and thankfully I have a friend who is helping me with that one. I will be writing about him soon.)
This is our opportunity to practice these newly formed skills. This is a "real live" moment that requires us to expedite our "A Game" efficiently and flawlessly.
This is the instant where we merge into a new awareness.
Where we get to move up the ladder among our peers.
We start to earn the credibility right now that we all desire in our future careers.
This is how we become seasoned and our knowledge transforms into wisdom.
I can't wait for tomorrow night!!
I have faith that everything we set out to accomplish will be wonderful!