Today, I graduated from culinary school... sort of. I still have to complete my internship this fall at the Food Network, which will be the final credits required to receive my degree, but as far as formalities are concerned, I walked across that stage today along with this year's fellow graduates. I am a graduate. Again. I graduate with honors and the distinction of summa cum laude, which is the highest honor.
I can't believe it went by so fast. I started culinary school last September, and this September I start on the last leg of my journey, an internship at the Food Network! What could be more perfect for me? I already have a bachelor's degree in film and television along with years of television experience. I think it was meant to be, but the process of getting there was not easy. I cannot share the details of the testing I underwent before the Food Network offered me this incredible opportunity, but I can assure you there were several challenges involved. I'm so grateful to have spent this year learning everything I have (even if there were many moments of frustration) and to finally see the finish line around the corner.
I'm especially glad I decided to attend the ceremony today because one of our honorary degree recipients, and this year's speaker, was none other than Danny Meyer, NYC restaurateur extraordinaire. Among many others, he owns one of my absolute favorite restaurants, The Union Square Cafe and also the Shake Shack, which serves the best burgers this side of In-N-Out :) I hope in moving to New York this coming fall, I will find many opportunities to dine at his restaurants (if my wallet allows it, of course, haha). All in all, it was a very special day, which was punctuated with lunch at my new favorite spot in Providence, The Duck and Bunny :)
Posing with a few of my chefs! I took a million pictures with my mentors, but I won't be posting them all... you're welcome, Chef Aukstolis :)
Doctor Danny Meyer giving his speech :)
Truffled Pommes Frites at the Duck and Bunny $6
The Dougie Boy - Smoked Salmon Crepe Purses $10
Cupcakes to go!
Buttermilk with Honey and Lavender, Yum!