Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Tools of the trade
Just as a carpenter has his measuring tape, hammer, and nails, every chef needs his set of kitchen tools.
Tools- powerful yet unassuming.
It allow those with adroit hands to create something beautiful, something that people desire.
I hope to be a master and not a slave to them.
I have been excited from day 1 about this tool kit ever since I saw the list. The tool kit and uniform set comes at a stunning price of AU$2,235. The price tag does add to my curiosity on receiving it.
We each receive 2 sets of the chef jackets with double row blue buttons, 2 pairs of checked black and white trousers, 2 blue neckerchief, 2 forage caps and 2 aprons. The kit comes in a foldable black case with about 43 items- including 9 knives, pipping bags and nozzles, a whisk, a sugar thermometer, a trussing needle amongst others.
The moment I collected my tool kit and uniform, I felt like a kid receiving a huge present. I couldn’t wait to get home to open it all up just to open it and see how it looks and works.
On a more serious note, the tool kit seems to come with responsibility and purpose; apart from dispelling the surrealism of the journey that I’m about to take, it re-enforces a whole new sense of purpose in me.
Trying on the uniform and forage cap made me almost tremble with excitement and anticipation. I wonder what lies ahead for me.
I wonder what I will get out of this 9 months.
I wonder what life will be like after the 9 months.
I keep wondering.
This turning point, right at the point of the crossroads of my quarter life, I am finally doing something different, something meaningful with my life. I’m really happy about that.
This is something that I would not and could not do in the past. Daring to turn against society’s expectations, away from peer pressure to do well, I’m taking this step in faith.