Re: How did you end up in "the life?"Originally posted by SlaveGirl
[B]What made you want to cook?[b]
I'm Italian. Nuff said.
[b]Did you fall in by accident by working at a McDonald's as a teenager?[b]
Food is so much a part of the Italian culture. We eat when we're happy/sad/indifferent. I saw how much joy it gave people when my mom or dad (both are excellent cooks) took her or his place at the stove.
[b]Did you know it for certain and go to culinary school instead of college?[b]
I am not a school person. My brother is a school person. He graduated summa *** laude, 2nd in his class, saludatorian, majored in Psychology. He gets a lot out of a classroom environment. The only thing I want to get out of a classroom is me. He is like my mother, very book-dependent. My father believes "if I can't do it with my hands, I don't need to know it." I knew I'd get nowhere in college if I went, so instead, I pursued something I truly loved and legitimately wanted to learn more about. This is how I wound up in culinary school and at no time did I feel I was "settling" or "doing the lesser thing."
[b]Did you try something else and realize later that cooking is what you wanted to do?[b]
Nope. I always knew cooking was what I wanted to do but unfortunately, I got accustomed to the trappings of a life lived by the income generated by office work. Had I been aware at 18 right out of high school that a good living could be made at cooking, I would have pursued it at a younger age. Complicating it further, XH-2 didn't support my culinary aspirations so I was truly chained to an office job. It was only later in life I was able to get a taste of what I really wanted to do professionally.
[b]Born into a family business?[b]
I wish. The family who owned Polly-O cheese struggled hard to become #1 and then their kids lost the business (sold to Kraft). Then there are those whose parents work hard at a food business, and they want no part of it. They don't have the calling and don't understand that a food business, done right, can be extremely prestigious. Look at D'Artagnan and the Balducci family. I'm sure they're not scraping by. Give me those businesses over a law firm any day.
Time to continue packing. Thanks for the break!!
Food is sex for the stomach.