One of the the toughest classes I have had in my 6 years at CHIC is this culinary cohort of 10 students. With tough economic times when even education funding is affected by the financial crisis, and retention is a major concern, my patience was tested to the max. I was so frustrated with the poor attendance of this group, but I could not give up. I knew that my main goal is education and teaching them to be the best they can be. I also wanted them to have respect for baking.
I think, in the long run, they came up to my challenge. They did an amazing job. Micahel O'Donell told me after the finals, Chef, you totally changed my perspective about baking.
These pictures are from their sweet table after a 3 week- term in baking