I love to cook and bake. It's usually the highlight of my day. My father started working in a pizzeria when he was 17 and since has spent his life cooking for and managing restaurants as well as managing restaurant managers. My grandmother was the head of the extensive culinary department at the high school she taught at for 35 years and can cook anything under the sun. The love and appreciation for food is in my blood.
I have two main concerns:
1. I am extremely picky. I strongly dislike nearly all fish, tomatoes, and spicy foods.
While I have absolutely no problem cooking the foods I dislike, I dread having to try them. I am unsure of whether or not this is something I can overcome.
2. I am worried that school and a potential career in the culinary field will suck the fun out of it for me. I love nothing more than putting together a delicious meal that everyone around my table will finish, or going "cookie crazy" as I enjoy doing a few weekends a month. However, being raised by man who spent nearly all his life in the restaurant business has taught me a lot about the expectations and requirements of such a field. His one piece of advice was always "DON'T go into the restaurant business!"
I would love the advice and wisdom of anyone who is a professional in the field, as well as culinary students or recent graduates who may have dealt with the same hesitations. Thanks everyone!