Hi Chefs, cooks and students,
I just finished with the classroom and lab portion of my education in pastry/baking arts, and am currently externing at a local French Style bakery.
I am a "non-traditional" student ( in other words, older) and this is a second career.
I did really well in school, finished with a 3.8 GPA, and 99% attendance. I am smart, very very creative, have an eye for design and am passionate and dedicated.
Sounds perfect? Well, here's the kicker: I have ADHD and an anxiety problem.
Now, after learning a lot about the industry ( and myself) I am just not sure that REALISTICALLY I will be able to fit in and be consistently successful in a kitchen environment. Two weeks into my externship, and I am already worried that my Chef might be tiring quickly of my mistakes and forgetfulness.
So where do I go from here? I really don't know. I keep waiting for something to make me yell " YES that's it!!", but that hasn't happened yet. My Chef instructor said that she thinks I would be a "fabulous" food blogger, and seemed very excited that I was interested in giving it a try... problem is that blogging doesn't really pay very well, if at all.
I do love writing, but I love creating plated dessert designs, sugar art, chocolates and truffles and coming up with cool and interesting flavor combinations as well.
I would really like to hear suggestions from everyone, stories as to how you found YOUR place in the industry, or any advice you might have.
Thanks in advance