The assignment – write an essay about myself and what brings me to culinary school.
I begin by writing an esoteric piece about meeting Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s grandmother in a Strasbourg boucherie, the same boucherie where my grandfather apprenticed in 1907 before immigrating to America. I write about food being a celebration of our history and culture, how we nurture with food and how regional cuisine speaks of its inhabitants. I talk of flavors stirring remembrances of times past and how memories are made while surrounded by food. I speak of food connecting people.
…and then I take a step back. Save my musings for this blog, right? This ain’t no English class – it’s about the cooking. Chef wants to know who I am, why I’ve decided to take his class and what am I going to do in the future. Just the facts, Ma’am. Rewrite.