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Pâte à choux (cream puffs)

Pâte à choux (cream puffs)

A brief update.

Shortly after we last left off a few weeks ago, I logged onto Amazon to pick out a few necessities for my new double life. Nonskid kitchen shoes (luckily Skechers had a decent-looking pair so I could maintain my resolve to never buy Crocs), a roll-up knife bag, blade covers/sleeves, fish boning tweezers, and a vegetable peeler. Oh, and a copy of Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, a memoir of his experiences in the restaurant industry. The good, the bad, and the ugly, so to speak.

The items have since arrived. Not gonna lie, having my own knife bag makes me feel a little badass. The shoes are a perfect fit despite having bought them online. And I started reading Kitchen Confidential which has so far been amusing, insightful, and just the teeniest bit horrifying. I can’t wait to get started.

I also emailed my contact at a local restaurant to inquire about the Chef’s availability. I made an appointment to come by this week and ask my first choice restaurant if I can stage there on Saturdays. I have no idea how the conversation will go, or whether he will even have a decision for me the same day. It’s a bit scary and intimidating. You would think that asking to work for free would be less nerve-wracking than walking into a traditional job interview, but I find myself feeling anxious and nervous and excited all at the same time.

Here’s to hoping.

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Overachiever

o·ver·a·chieve: to perform better or achieve more success than expected.

Takoyaki (octopus-filled pancake balls) drizzled with wasabi mayo

Takoyaki (octopus-filled pancake balls) drizzled with wasabi mayo

Two weeks ago, I drove down to Orange County at an ungodly hour on a Saturday morning (okay fine, it was only about 7am) to sit in on a three-hour intensive speed-lecture on food safety prior to taking the ServSafe Food Manager’s Certification Exam. I had downloaded the study guide that was provided along with my registration so I was able to review the material and take some practice exams the night before. As it turned out, I must have been the only person who did. Half of the class didn’t know there was a study guide and the other half didn’t seem to care. And then there was me… I unwittingly ended up being that girl who knew all the answers. I shrunk into my chair each time the teacher turned to me for a response. Oy.

After a lot of coffee to power through the day, we finally took the exam. We were given 2 hours, but I ended up finishing in about 30 minutes. The 90 questions were all multiple choice and tricky little buggers at that, so I figured that I would rely solely on my first instinct. I hardly looked back, except to make sure that I answered every question and addressed the more difficult ones I had skipped on my first go-through. Satisfied that I had correctly bubbled in my name at the top of the Scantron, I submitted my test and walked out the door.

Yesterday I received the email I had been waiting for. Your test scores are ready! Log onto ServSafe to view them. In anticipation, I had already created my account over a week ago. A few clicks later…

ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Examination

Pass Percent Score: 75%

Your Percent Score: 100%

I stared at the screen in disbelief. 100%? Talk about overachieving.

I shared the good news with my Honey Bunny. The first thing he said (online) was “overachiever xP”. Then he congratulated me.

I suppose now there is no excuse for not getting out there and looking for opportunities. To be honest, I’m nervous. What if no one will hire me? What if I get a gig and completely suck at it? The past few weeks I was able to say “Oh, I’d rather wait until I get officially certified before I try to find work.” But now it’s a done deal and my certificate will be arriving in the mail any day now. Time to get out there and take some chances.

I hope to hear at least one “yes” amidst the expected sea of “no”s. I’m bad at taking rejection…