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January 26, 2017

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How I Became a Pastry Chef

January 26, 2017

Pastry wasn’t always a part of my life. I can't even say that anyone was baking in my family.

 

I studied business in school when I was younger because that was an easy option at a period of my life, where I wasn't really interested in anything.

 

After graduating I had the opportunity to work as a real estate agent. Even though it was an interesting job, it would be a lie if I told you that I was excited about going to work. It was just an easy way to pay the bills.

 

I started baking my first cakes when I moved into my own apartment, and when I say cakes, I mean cookies, cupcakes, brownies. That's how everything started 4 years ago in a tiny kitchen.

It quickly became a passion, but more than that, it became an obsession. I just wanted to do more, to try all the recipes and do better every time.

 

When I realized that I was enjoying making cakes more than eating them, and that I was making way more than what I could reasonably eat, I knew it was time to make a decision.

 

My options were limited; In France, to be able to work in a bakery, or anywhere else, you need a specific exam and to get it, you have to go to a pastry school and find a shop to work in. This is where you start doubting your dreams: How is it going to be to wake up everyday at 4AM? To work on Sundays? Spend Christmas in the kitchen instead of with family? To work with professionals that have done this for decades?

 

I didn’t think about it for too long. I wanted to see how it felt to make cakes all day and I knew that if I failed or did not like it, I could just go back to a "normal life". So what was the risk to try?
 

I'm glad I went for it even though it wasn’t easy! I was more tired than I’ve ever been in my life and everything at work was heavier than I could have imagined (25 kg of flour!). Waking up at 4AM in the morning was also a real challenge.

 

I now have a degree as a pastry chef and I've worked in some amazing shops, where I've learned so much about cakes, macarons, ice cream and chocolate.

 

Nothing in my life

brings me as much joy and happiness as making cakes; I have the chance to wake up every day to create and to learn, and the passion for what you do everyday just make all the downsides worth it! So I’ve never regretted my decision to pursue my dream.

 

To reach your goals or dreams, you very often have to go out of your comfort zone.

Nothing will happen if you don't try.

 

Never forget that it's better to have failed than live with the regret of never having tried.

 

 



 

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