Today I am graduating, with honors, from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts! (of course I had to do a little photo shoot with my favorite photographer.)
I could spend an entire year of daily posts telling you all about culinary school, so it is difficult to decide what to say here in this post, today. I had a great time learning and making friends in school and I am so proud of myself for finally earning a degree. I have found my passion in life and I am so blessed to be able to follow that passion into school and turn it into a career. Developing recipes, exploring tastes, finding new flavor combinations, feeding people. Feeding people is what it’s really all about. I can certainly enjoy food, cooking, and creating on my own, but there is something magical about watching others enjoy the food I have created for them, or helped them to create.
I have many people to thank for helping me get to where I am today. My parents and siblings have been amazing and hilarious. I am so proud to be related to these people! My close circle of friends have been more supportive than I ever could have wished, and have been willing taste-testers. My extended family, extended circles, and even complete strangers helped me get up and moving again. I wanted to write this post today to share in a proud moment. I also wanted to take this opportunity to say Thank You to everyone who has supported me the last few years.
I folded, stuffed, licked, and stamped over 100 graduation announcements to people I know well and love deeply, and also to people who’s names I have only seen on paper. I know I didn’t reach everyone who deserved a thank you so I wanted to write here, as well. So please, share this letter with anyone that may have been missed. Here is the letter that was sent out to my wonderful support group:
In January 2010 my life was changed forever. I was held up and supported by many people, regardless of their relationship to me. You are receiving this graduation announcement because you donated to a widow’s fund set up by Mill Creek Foursquare Church, or have supported me in some other way. Your generous donation enabled me to take time off work, move from Washington to California to be closer to my family, and to further my education.
As of May 2012 I have successfully completed my education at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and am graduating with honors! I had so much fun and learned more than I expected in school and am now working as a recipe developer in Los Angeles. I have each and every one of you to thank for your support in getting me where I am today. I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for your love, prayers, and support. Please accept this letter as a token of my appreciation.
THANK YOU to everyone who has been a support to me (financially or otherwise)! I am so grateful for everything I have been given and humbled by the outpouring of love and support I have received. Thank you for your part in helping me become the woman I am today.
Congratulations Le Cordon Bleu Class of 2012!