Tonight Holly was sweet enough to invite me to attend a cooking class that was sponsored by her work at a wonderful place called Gygi Culinary Solutions. She could bring one guest and because she knows how much I love cooking, she invited me to go with her! Last month I went with her to a great class on Chinese cooking and we had a great time.
So, tonight I walk into the kitchen and who is standing at the end of the island in the amazing kitchen but Kelsey from The Next Food Network Star! I have to admit I was a bit star struck. I am a total geek! I love the show and I watched faithfully this past season and was excited to see a BYU grad and member of the Church make it on the show. She was quite successful as well and made it to the final four.
I finally got up the courage to talk to her and to tell her I had been to culinary arts school and that my dream was to someday do something with food. When I told her I had four kids she told me I looked way too young to have that many kids. :) That always makes you feel good! She was a delightful person and it was a nice class on Easy Entertaining and I came away with some wonderful recipes.
At the end of the dinner I asked Holly if she would take a picture for me (thank goodness for Blackberry phones with decent cameras). I was a total geek and she was kind enough to take a photo with me.
It was a wonderful evening and it inspired me not to give up my dream to eventually do something grand with food. I love being in the kitchen. I love experimenting. I love tasting new food. I love searching through recipes. There aren't many things I don't love about food. If I could do it all over again I would probably have attended a school where I could spend four years doing academics and culinary arts but for now, I am content to have lived my dream cooking in an amazing kitchen for three fabulous months at a time in my life when I was single and had nothing better to be doing. During that time I met the man of my dreams and fell madly in love. I don't think I could ask for anything better than that.
For now I'll hold onto that dream of owning a fabulous bakery or opening a commercial kitchen to rent out or simply selling my cookies by the dozen. Tonight my passion for food was reignited and hopefully I can keep that flame burning while I continue on this journey that is motherhood.