Last night I officially finished the classroom portion of my education at the Institute of Culinary Education. In other words, I graduated!!!
And while my culinary education won’t be entirely complete until I finish my restaurant externship (which starts this saturday?!?!), it felt oh-so-good to celebrate all our hard work and everything we’ve learned with not just our classmates, but our family and friends who have been supporting us through it all.
Going to culinary school was just a dream for me for so long, but it was in large part due to the support and encouragement of my friends and loved ones that I took the step to make this dream a reality. And while the future is a mystery, the past year that I spent at the Institute of Culinary Education was the greatest adventure I’ve embarked on yet. I was challenged, often pushed to my physical and mental limits, and in turn felt more rewarded than I’ve ever felt before.
Oh, and my classmates. While I expected, coming in to culinary school, to learn great things about cooking, I never expected to make some of the best friends I could ask for. Last night, as I looked around the celebration at our Grand Buffet that we spent 13 hours working together on, surrounding me were people from all walks of life, backgrounds, nationalities, and situations. We all have different stories, and different goals for this degree. But we were brought together with a common purpose, and through that journey we created great bonds of friendship, despite any differences among us. And that, I believe, is the greatest gift of all.
And now, it seems, it is time for the next adventure…