Tuesday, 24 June 2008

The end is nigh

This is it. 6 months of a professional cooking diploma comes to an end in the next seven days. Work experience is completed and my portfolio, costing exercises and other coursework have been marked and returned. My hygiene certificate says I'm hygienic, and my health and safety certificate says I'm healthy and safe. At least I didn't fail on any of those.

On Friday I sit the theory exam and then on Monday, the dreaded six hour practical exam will put the past two terms of culinary education to the test. Tomorrow we find out what we will have to cook, but word has it that we'll be making puff pastry by hand, a task so gruesome that it sends shivers down my spine just thinking about it. Wish me luck. I'm going to need it...

6 comments:

Lizzie said...

Best of luck! Let us know how it goes.

Anonymous said...

Hey Pete, you don't need luck, you're a brilliant chef.

I will send out some positive pastry thoughts on the day though, just so the butter doesn't even think about bursting through and ruining the 'puff'!

Hope you enjoy a bit it too!
JP

Anonymous said...

Having passed you on hygiene, they clearly hadn't noticed the dog pooh on the shoes......Chris

Pete said...

Thanks very much, all of you. Keep those fingers crossed for me!

Trig said...

I'm sure you'll do really well. Let us know how the practical goes. I know how you feel, because I still remember mine. But it's like a public performance - you get nervous before it starts but it's great once you get going. Break a leg.

Pete said...

Thanks Trig.

Did you have to make puff pastry in yours? I have made 5 this weekend, all of which have ended up in the bin. I hate it, and it annoys me so much that a good proportion of the the final exam is marked on a skill I will probably never use again.