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Hey everyone! I'm Jessie. I'm relatively new and i'd like to get to know the community and vice versa! :)

I'm 18 years old and I just recently graduated from high school. I've decided not going to university and at first, I was worried whether I was making a bad choice, but then I realized if I did go, I wouldn't be able to fulfill my dreams. And what are my dreams?

It's making people happy! And anyone who loves cooking/baking knows what i'm talking about. There's nothing better than a smile on someone's face, while they eat something you've put you're heart in. In a way, I guess you could say, to me, baking is like sending a love letter: If done with love, you're feelings will always reach them.

 

 Call me a hopeless romantic.

 

Speaking of romance, Paris is my inspiration. Years ago, I went to France to visit my family for the first time. I learned a lot about french cuisine/pastry, culture and yes, even love. Ever since then, i've dreamt of opening a french styled cafe..

 

I have only a little experience actually working professionally. I worked at the Hilton Hotel for a couple months as a pantry chef. I actually enjoyed my job and i REALLY learned a lot from those around me. And now, i'm working to help my sister build up her catering business and wow. Not easy yet rewarding. It's all a learning experience but that's what life is all about, isn't it?

 

Anyways, don't be shy and introduce yourself to me!

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Aloha, Welcome Jessie to Chef Talk.

Isn't this place the greatest?

The membership is from around the World, who knows,

you might be chatting with a Pastry Chef in Paris one day.

We're all here to share in all things food, do take a moment to check out the Articles, Reviews and the Gallery.  Some of those photos are unbelievable.  The forums are such a wonderful resource, a note on that, the three Pro forums are read only to us Home Cooks.  If you have any questions in regards to the Community, please, PM a Mod or Admin for help.

Enjoy, k~girl

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My kitchen in the middle of the desert

A Hui Hou (until we met), ALOHA!

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My kitchen in the middle of the desert

A Hui Hou (until we met), ALOHA!

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Welcome,

 

Where about in VA are you located? I spent years in Hampton Roads, opened my first 3 places in the 757, and after moving back to the USA after a while in Europe, Central America, Hawaii(I know that is the USA), relocated to the Northern VA/DC area. 

 

The market up here is a LOT more insulated than some of the resort communities/college towns in VA, and work in our field is plentiful. A LOT of Learning, AND Earning potential, as well as more boutique style patisseries and specialty shops.

 

I didn't go to University. The 4 years that would have been spent learning, I spent doing. I was also never in a position where I felt I would take on the financial burden of student loans and what not, and it certainly hasn't ever been an issue with ANY of my past or current employers. Real world, industry smarts can count for something, this I know first hand, 110%.

 

Again, welcome to the board.

~If you are what you eat, I am cheap, fast, and easy.

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~If you are what you eat, I am cheap, fast, and easy.

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I live in the northern Virginia area and around where I live, I've never seen any cute bakeries... It's so sad:/ but thats mostly because I live in a more rural area...but I'm in total agreeance with you on the whole university thing. I don't want the burden of student debts to haunt me. Plus I'm taking this time to learn the arts of food!

Where in Europe did you travel? The only place I've been is France but I would love to see Germany!

You sound like you really know the ups and downs of this industry! It's so nice to talk to someone who knows what their talking about! Hahaha

Thanks for the welcome!,

Jessie
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I live in the northern Virginia area and around where I live, I've never seen any cute bakeries... It's so sad:/ but thats mostly because I live in a more rural area...but I'm in total agreeance with you on the whole university thing. I don't want the burden of student debts to haunt me. Plus I'm taking this time to learn the arts of food!
Where in Europe did you travel? The only place I've been is France but I would love to see Germany!
You sound like you really know the ups and downs of this industry! It's so nice to talk to someone who knows what their talking about! Hahaha
Thanks for the welcome!,
Jessie

 There are a lot of the, out there, you just have to look. A couple of my favorite botique bakeries/ pastry shops are in storefronts that if you blinked, you would miss 'em, yet the volume of industry stuff they so is amazing. .  some supply some of the best places in DC. From where I am at, in old Town fairfax, all the way to DC, rt50/29/123 all have great little mom and pop style, family run bakeries and what not. Also, down further on 236 off columbia pike, are some AMAZING Bolivian Bakeries that offer things not available, anywhere else in NOVA. It's a treat to see what other cultures consider treats!

 

I have Spent time in Northern France, Southern France (Paris of course, but MUCH prefer the South of France), Spain, Germany, all over the UK, all over The Netherlands. Living there makes travel a LOT easier. When living in Amsterdam, every weekend you can hop on a train out of Centraal Station and be a world away in 4 hours.

If it wern't for cooking/the industry, I am not sure that I would have EVER have been to a lot of the places I have been to, or had the pleasure to call home. A Universal trade is a wonderful thing.

~If you are what you eat, I am cheap, fast, and easy.

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~If you are what you eat, I am cheap, fast, and easy.

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I absolutely love going to the DC area but, I rarely make the trip. I definitely should research some places before I go. That's why I love watching Food Network and hearing about all those neat places near me. My favorite type of places are those hole-in-the-wall places that have great food and coffee. I'm really not a Starbucks person since I like good quality coffee. haha.
 

 

I've actually been to the south of France but only Nice. But oh my goodness, it was so beautiful. I'm American and i've really only stayed in NOVA so seeing a place like that really felt like a whole new world. hahaha.

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