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It's not over until the chef sings

I had the final of all finals for culinary school on December 8th. As usual, I showed up with about four and half hours to spare. I should have gone sooner but I'll let bygones be bygones.

What I had to make:

- Apple Pie
- Baguettes (4)
- Challah Bread (2)
- Chocolate Bombes filled with toasted hazelnuts inside, whip cream "glaze" and chocolate decoration on a plate
- Croissants (12 plain, 12 chocolate and optional: ham and cheese)
- Lemon Tart
- Macaronade with a chocolate decoration (large - 8 inch) and 3 mini versions (3 inch versions)
- Saved chocolate confections from a previous section (Dark chocolate Truffles, Caramelized hazelnuts dipped in dark chocolate, Milk chocolate Almond Rochers, Orange Creams, Dark chocolate Cobblestones with dried fruit and nuts, Toffee dipped in dark chocolate, Dark chocolate filled with chocolate ganache and Caramels dipped in dark chocolate)

If you want to see what some of my food and what my classmates did, there is a photo album on the PCI Facebook page. My food are photos 6 (eclairs), 12 (swirly chocolate decoration on whip cream), 13 (aerial view of my chocolate bombe), 14 (aerial view of my chocolate spiral on top of my Macaronade), 15 (mini Macaronades), 23 (croissant display) and 24 (see a picture of me holding my Macaronade with my spiral chocolate decoration).

We had the banquet room all set up with five individual tables decorated with our food and flowers/mini Christmas trees. All of our friends and family were invited to eat and take food home in their take out boxes. It was absolutely crazy and insane with more dishes to wash than ever before. It was the most tiring and rewarding experience to go to the Professional Culinary Institute. I have missed baking three nights a week and learning from Chef Sam. I miss the camaraderie I shared with the four other girls in my class. The next time I see them all again (maybe) is our graduation in spring 2011.


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Dec. 21st, 2010 07:50 am (UTC)
Congrats! I had so much fun looking at those pictures last night, you made me so hungry! Everything you guys made looks absolutely amazing. How do you keep from eating everything in sight while you're at work?!?!
Dec. 22nd, 2010 11:36 am (UTC)
Thanks! By the time we finished making our food, it was usually time to go home. Sometimes, you just didn't want to cut into a whole cake or pie you just made because it made harder to transport. I definitely could have used some nibbles to eat during class since we'd go home hungry every now and then.
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