No. I have not fallen off the face of the earth.
Yes. I'm still around.
For the past month and a half I have been enjoying my wonderful break from school, as well as from the blogging world.
It was a joyous 7 weeks, filled with trying new recipes, enjoying the company of family and friends, and reflecting on the past few months in general.
My break will be over in 3 days and once again, I will be starting a new semester in culinary school.
This time around, I will be taking Intro to Culinary Skills (lecture class) and Culinary Skills (lab & lecture).
I have spent the last week or so cultivating the items needed for these two classes. Things such as knives, spatulas, and garnishing kits were on the list. As well as aprons, kitchen towels, and the biggest one of all….the uniform.
I had a heck of a time obtaining the pieces of this uniform in the last few days.
Originally, I had purchased the entire set at the school, however, I was informed that there was a mom and pop store that sold similar school approved uniforms at cheaper prices. Not only this, their uniforms were tailored made to fit a women's figure, unlike the school's uniforms, which were unisex ones. I spent the next few days going back and forth from my school to this store trying on different pieces and sizes until I found the perfect one for me. What an experience!
I've decided to break down the contents of my uniform so you will have a better understanding of what I will be wearing in some of my future pictures:
Item #1: The Caps
Every chef picture that I have ever seen in my lifetime consisted of them wearing one of these two hats up above. The first hat that you see is called a skull cap. The second hat, which is the bottom one, is called the mushroom/floppy cap. Both of these are used to keep hair out of sight and out of the food that chefs prepare. Originally I was going to wear the bottom one, however, once I saw how it looked on me (Husband Man got a good laugh out of that one), I went back to purchase the skull cap. Needless to say, the skull cap won!
Item #2: Double Breasted White Chef's Jacket
The title of this article of clothing pretty much explains itself.
They had two versions that I had to choose from, one with french knots as buttons and one with regular plastic buttons. I chose the one with plastic buttons because I wanted to be able to get dressed as quickly as possible in the mornings. Have you tried buttoning a jacket with french knots? Not fun at all!
Item #3: Black and White Checkered (hounds-tooth design) Chef Pants
Originally I had purchased these pants at the school. I was mortified when I first tried them on because they were basically 'man' pants. They were made to fit the body of a man, not a woman. I looked like a clown when I tried them on because they were huge around the lower part of my body, even when I found the right waist size. I figured I would see if I could get them hemmed and tailored before classes were due to start.
When I came home, I was informed through a friend of mine about the mom and pop store that catered to women sized uniforms. I took a trip to that store and hallelujah, they actually had pants that made me feel like a woman! I purchased two sets from them and ended up getting a refund on the school's pants.
Item #4: All black shoes with slip resistant soles/bottoms
I purchased these at the mom and pop store too! They had other forms and types that fit the school's requirements and looked more feminine, however, I have been a Sketcher girl for basically most of my life so it was game over for me when I spotted those. They aren't as stylish as I would like them to be, however, knowing that they are Sketchers will make me smile every time I start chopping an onion.
So there you have it, the complete outfit! I hope my new chef instructor approves!
Stay tuned for more posts and recipes & wish me luck as I start this new journey of learning inside the kitchen labs!