The Pastry Student, The Book & The Cook

April 3, 2006

I wanted to post a picture of the gang with Cat Cora, but the photo turned out really bad.

So this year’s The Book & The Cook (from here on in will be known as B&C) was held at the Fort Washington Expo Center located in God’s Country. I need the Community Service Hours and since I will have to start an internship REALLY soon my time is not my own. I might as well get it over with. Besides I’ve never been to a B&C. I never had a car before and this isn’t something to take a bus to.

It pained me to think I would have to drive all the way up there and then take my exhausted behind back home. I was pleased to see that the sign up sheet requested volunteers to meet at school. I arrived at school at a respectable time of 7:20 a.m. (Chef P said to be there at 7:30) and most of the other volunteers were already there. As usual they were all Culinary. The only Pastry besides myself, Michelle was late – 30 minutes late. Chef P called her and Michelle said is was almost there. Twenty minutes later she arrived.

We piled into the van and then we were on our way.

Once there we went to area backstage to unload our equipment and check out the recipes we had to prep and concoct for the Celebrity Chefs. The guys fought over who wanted to be paired with Cat Cora. One thing I didn’t realize until it was too late was that Ted Allen (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy) was standing 2 feet from me backstage. Neither his name nor his presence clued me me. Hey I was working! When he went on stage that is when I mentally screamed “OH MY GOD!” At least I prepped his apple tart for him.

My personality chef is a dietian by trade. She arrived at the Expo to publicize a cookbook complied by dietians across the nation: Cooking Healthy Across America. Deanna was really nice and she gave me a nice shout out to her audience. I cooked Philly Cheesesteaks Potato Packets and Philly Soft Pretzels Bread Pudding with Chocolate.

I did have some difficulties … this being my first real culinary venue and not really knowing where things were. I have to think it went well. No one died, the Expo didn’t burn down, and none of the chefs made me cry.

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