Very happy to have found this site. I love cake decorating and am slowly learning the science of baking. I would love nothing more than to train as a patisserie chef but for various reasons I am not able to. In the meantime I learn the hard way - google and blogs are my school (and sometimes not a very good ones at that) and I have recently purchased a text book "On Baking" following someone's advice.
It's not the same though. I recently had a private lesson from a chocolatier to learn the art of ganache (not the microwave method, but actual infusion methods and I was told I mix wrong. I never knew until someone watched and pointed it out. In my experience I have found the people that are doing this for a living do not like to share. What I wish I could find is an accelerated course in baking cakes that is several months long - not years. Anyone willing to point me in the right direction to help me would be appreciated.