You'd think with how proud graduating with my Basic Pastry certificate from the Cordon Bleu made me feel that I would have posted it about it immediately. It's been over three weeks now though, and it seems like a lifetime ago that I was taking classes there. I'm still sad that I'm not going back, attending Intermediate Pastry with some of my classmates and learning from our wonderful Chefs. Part of me hopes that within the next year and a half, I can pony up the next large chunk of money required and take it too. For now, I'm going to be proud of what I've managed to accomplish so far.
Chef Jocelyn above was the one who spent the most time teaching us and watching over us during our practical classes and I really adored him. He's such a character! But really, all the chefs are total characters and I adore them all. Even the grumpy ones heh. Chef Hervé below was another of my favourites, and the one responsible for helping me decide on Pastry rather than Cuisine, something I made certain to thank him for that evening.
Saying goodbye to my classmates was also pretty difficult. We were a very large Basic Pastry group - 36 in total - but I got to know a few of the people in our C group a little better. Most of them hail from very far away, be it China or way out in Alberta, so the odds of seeing any of them again are slim. But there's always Facebook, as I kept hearing that night.
I'm so glad I went through with all this. I can't imagine having done anything else, this whole process just felt so right, it really suits me well. I have more confidence in myself and my future now than I ever did before. Life can be scary sometimes, but it's a hell of a fun ride if you let it be. Dreams really can come true. Cheers!