With finals for culinary school right around the corner, my classmates and I have been scrambling to lock down our externships. When meeting with my advisor, I was told that I had the potential to pursue something big, even bigger than anything in Colorado. It really got me thinking and motivated me to settle for nothing but the best. I booked my flight to NYC and set up stages at a couple Michelin Starred restaurants, Eleven Madison Park and The Modern. Both stages went great; I was stoked! EMP seemed a little too military-like for me. Only Sous Chefs were allowed to plate the food and you weren’t allowed to talk in the kitchen. The Modern, on the other hand, let their cooks do much more and everyone seemed to be having a great time during service. I was offered a paid externship with The Modern and will be starting in April! I am excited to experience something new and take the next step in my career.
As some of you may know, I am applying to the Basque Stage Sammic Rising Stars Scholarship. If I win, I get to do a 3-month stage at Xarma restaurant in San Sebastian, Spain! If you follow my blog, you probably already know about my addiction to food and experiencing new cultures, and how excited I get when I can combine the two! As part of my application, I had to create a dish to share. I wanted my dish to represent who I am, as well as my style of cooking.
First off, I want to say THANK YOU to all of your comments about my graduation! I am so excited for everything to come!
I’ve recently realized how much my foodie personality has overpowered my 21-year-old party personality. For my 21st birthday I did not go to Vegas like most kids would; instead, I went to San Francisco with my parents and ate at delicious restaurants for three days straight. Then, last week after my graduation, I didn’t go out partying with my friends; instead, I went to the restaurant that was rated #1 in Colorado by 5280 magazine, Frasca… again, with my parents… Personally, I would much rather celebrate a special occasion with good food than with a night of drinking. Let’s be honest, as a 21-year-old, you don’t need a special occasion to drink.