Monday, July 1, 2013

INSPIRING CUISINE - 7th Grade Guest Blogger

Photo by Tammy Swales

It was a dark cloudy day when my peers and I had the opportunity of a lifetime to visit the Canandaigua Culinary Center.  As we arrived, I noticed the sky began to brighten as if there was a life changing moment about to happen.  We were greeted by the staff with open arms as if it was their honor to meet us!

Being seventh graders, we were all ready to eat! Surprisingly, we were broken off in two different groups to get our minds open about fulfilling our dreams and how to make healthy meals.

In the first group, we began to talk about the career we see ourselves in the future.  Amazingly, we got to discuss this with the 11-year (1994-2005) White House Chef Walter Scheib!  Out of all his empowering and encouraging words, I remember him saying, "You have to see it, do it, and be it."  He made us realize what it really takes to get to where you want to be.

Photo by Tammy Swales
In the second group, we were able to see a real culinary school kitchen and learn to make healthy meals with the executive chef.  We were surprised to smell the great aroma that filled the room because he was cooking food we weren't familiar with.  He explained the struggles he went went through to get to where he is today, and how he couldn't be happier to wake up and do something he loves.

Photo by Tammy Swales
It was now lunchtime, the moment we have all been waiting for!  After the delicious meal I didn't know it could get any better before our departure.  Then an annoucement was being made that we were leaving with a new book bag with our school logo on it, a signed book written by Walter Scheib, and a Friendly's frisbee!  We are the luckiest seventh graders because we have been provided with the best field trip ever!

In my perspective I believe that when you have something you love, you
should do everything in your ability to make your dream a reality.  Without this experience, some of us would have been lost, not knowing what we wanted to do with our lives.  So I give special thanks to everyone who made all this possible.