I am currently a part time line cook at a restaurant that I enjoy working at. I really do love food, and have a desire to gain knowledge about anything and everything food related...
I feel pretty confident in my cooking abilities, but I do want to learn how to do some baking.
In my city there is a really amazing French bakery. It is run by an extremely nice Vietnamese couple, and located in a Vietnamese neighborhood. The head baker trained in Paris for a number of years and really knows what he is doing. They make the best baguettes and croissants I have ever tasted. I have been thinking about asking the owner if I could possibly come in once a week and just work for free to learn more about what he is doing. Is this type of thing unheard of in the pastry/baking world? Would it be strange for me to just ask him, or do you think he would be excited to get some free help?