Dad used to say how I’ll be wearing a tall chef’s hat next time. And what do you know..
Look Pa! I’ve a toque that’s as tall as the chefs! 🙂 I’ve graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris. Best day – Ever!
One intense month of Superior pastry!
Did more modern cakes and tarts.
Sophisticated and plated desserts.
Lots of chocolate making/tempering.
And had a marvelous student dinner at a 3 michelin star restaurant.
Did some candy making and some jam too!
And then the most intense week of pouring and pulling sugar.
Which.. all paid off 🙂
The graduation was held at the prestigious Cercle de l’Union Interalliée
The cuisine and pastry chefs
I wanted to do something special to show my appreciation for my pastry chefs. And so I thought why not do a fondant cake? Also since I haven’t been doing any since I left for Paris.
Made the school’s chef jacket!
It was a big challenge as I didn’t have any of my tools with me that I have back in Singapore. I had to make do with my mini oven and limited ingredients and tools and they are expensive here.
I waited till the ceremony was over and walked up to my chefs to present them the cake.
It was nice having the chefs compliment the cake I made, I was really nervous what they’d say! It was also nice to see people taking photos of it and asking who made it. That really made my day.
Chef Deguignet and me! He immediately wanted to take a photo haha. Love him so much. Most of us thought he was the meanest chef of all when we were in basic and intermediate pastry. But as we got to spend more time with him and got to know him better in superior, he’s probably the most popular chef in school!
Chef Nicolas Gordon joined in.
And so did Chef Tranchant.
The awesome pastry chefs at the graduation ceremony 🙂
The designated photographer asked me to take one with the cake as well!
My classmate Cindy, and my guest, Nathalie!
My best friend in school 🙂 I invited her as my guest to the ceremony. She completes her course in 2 months! A pity I won’t be able to attend hers..
Cindy and I. The only 2 Singaporeans in this batch! We made it!
Some of my classmates with chef!
Chef asked me to bring the cake to the table upstairs where we were having finger food and wine, to share with the others.
After a few minutes, someone cut the cake!
One of the cuisine chefs ate it too and liked the cake, even joking with me and asked if it was a recipe from one of our pastry chefs hahaha.
Nathalie, chef and me!
Leah and I!
Zhan 🙂 Class is never boring with him around!
Nancy, who has been in the same class as me since the beginning.
Huai-Yi and Fang Cheng.
Midori! The cutest japanese lady around.
Awwww. Nat surprised me with lovely peonies she bought. Love her and the flowers so so much! 🙂
Cindy, Sneha and I
Just having fun taking group pictures. Won’t be seeing some of them anytime soon 😦
Peggy and I. The life of the class!
Alison! Amazing in the kitchen and one of the few who got the Grand Diplome – completing both cuisine and pastry courses.
Dangerute and I. She’s super gorgeous you’ll never guess her age!
School’s president and the girls
Lovely view out! Love the sunset and the Eiffel tower peeking out.
Le Cordon Bleu was nothing short of amazing for me – a big stepping stone in my life! Can’t decide if I’m happy to graduate, or sad that pastry school has ended. Never thought I’d love a school so so much.
I have mixed feelings about leaving Paris as well. Will be back in Singapore after 2 months of internship. Am already starting to miss you, Paris!