I got to announce that I got a promotion a couple months ago, something I knew had been in the works for awhile. Part of this promotion means I get to travel. Better yet, I got to go HOME. To ARIZONA.
I didn’t have to “miss work” to see my parents, or wrestle with my little brother. You know the things you get to do when you live close to family. (For the record I wouldn’t change anything about my life, because I love my job so much. Added perk.)
When I’m in Utah, my daily job is producing pastries for the Kneader’s in Orem. After that, I get to work on corporate pastry projects. Which is the most blissful part of my career. This is where I get to do recipe development, teach classes etc. The plan is to transition into more of that.
I have never had so much fun at work. I flew down to Arizona to train the Pastry Chefs opening the Kneader’s in Gilbert.
Since my hands are very sensitive i.e. allergic. I got to bring my own gloves down to Arizona. Some Corporate Trainers were already down in AZ, and asked me to bring down some things that were forgotten.
It’s really hard to not look like a terrorist packing 1000 synthetic gloves, large electronic timers, and hot cocoa powder. Got there in one piece :).
I really can’t express what a beautiful payoff this trip was.
I am only 22, after all.
The next morning started bright and early teaching these chefs. I love the artistry of being a pastry chef, but it was so fun to THINK about how to teach and show them. To analyze the size, shape, texture, of something as simple as a rosette on a chocolate mousse dome. It was so fun to pick apart details, to help them create something so beautiful. I am so blessed to be a part of something so great.
Thursday and Friday before the Grand Opening we had a Friends & Family Night and a VIP Night.
This was the first time the girls had filled the case. There are 42 different pastries that go in the case, I was really proud of them. The case looked great!
My parents and little sister were able to come down for VIP night. It was so fun to be able to share with them this whole experience.
This was right after I introduced Alyssa to a chocolate dome. Chocolate cake, Chocolate Mousse, Covered in Chocolate Ganache and Chocolate Curls. Resulting in a Chocolate Coma.
Lyssa disappeared to “fix her hair” and well, I got the chance to be the not so far away big sister. I.e. in the bathroom to text. (But her hair did look really good 😉 )
I also invited The Peterson’s and The Call’s. The Calls are my Brother in Law’s parents, who I haven’t seen in much to long, they were so nice to come! The Peterson’s are my parent’s best friends from BYU. I’m really good friends with their older daughter Hilary (turns out we both ended up in the same place our parents met), but I don’t think I’ve seen them in three years? It was such a fun night to catch up with everyone! I am so blessed to be loved by so many!
Stay tuned for Part 2: Where we had people lining up for the Grand Opening at 5am!