Cuisine Cup and Graduation Day

The day before the graduation, Chef Paul (chef de cuisine) asked superior students to compete for one last time. We were given the opportunity to go to the fridge and freezer and take any items that we wanted. We were divided into 2 groups to make 6 plates of mains and 6 plates of desserts. There were supposed to be 6 people in the competition but 2 couldn’t make it so only 4 people left ,2 in each group. 1st group: Kaylin & I ; 2nd group: Jonathan & Hood

The photo below shows Kaylin’s and my dishes. We made sirloin steak with carrot & squash puree and lentils cooked with duck confit.

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The desserts are mini baked Alaska, with chocolate cremeux, caramel sauce, raspberry coulis and freeze dried raspberries.

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The winner was announced on my graduation day and I will post some pictures of the night of my graduation.

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And yes Kaylin and I did win the cuisine cup. I was so grateful because not only that I finished the course, I finished the course proudly, I was one of the top 2 students in Patisserie class as well as Cuisine class. That really was a dream come true. After everything that I’ve been through, this was and still is the greatest moment in my life.

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Homesick

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Hey guys ! This is one part of my culinary journey. Besides cooking in the kitchen, I loveeeeee to eat at different places ,especially new places. This is a picture of me in Shang-RiLa Hotel in Jakarta. I was having a buffet and there were lots and lots selection of food. I absolutely love the dessert section, not only they looked beautiful but they taste amazing. Yes, I got homesick sometimes because I couldn’t find some food in Wellington that I usually eat back home.

However, 2 months and a week to go and then I have to leave this beautiful small city. I’m sad of course but my journey has to continue. I’m going to be in Jakarta, Indonesia for another 2-3 months and I’m going to Paris in September. My journey is getting more and more exciting ! So don’t ever give up on your dreams because it may come true. Work really hard to achieve your goal !

Intermediate Certificates

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Hello again ! I’m back in Wellington and today – 7th April 2014 is my first day as a Superior student. I’m so excited ! I finally finished my intermediate level. Time flies, I couldn’t believe that I finished my basic and intermediate level so fast. 6 months has passed, 3 more months to go and then that’s it. I’ll be going back to my hometown in Jakarta, Indonesia in June/July and continue my culinary journey to Paris in September.

It’s going to be amazing and I just couldn’t believe that all of these are happening. All of my great dreams come true and I’m really grateful. Anyway, I’m going to post more photos and information about the food that I’m cooking in Superior Class !

My Dream

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Hey guys ! I just received this email yesterday and I’m soooooooo happy. No words could express how happy I am right now. I’m going to Le Cordon Bleu Paris ! Yup that’s right ,PARIS ! It’s gonna be amazing. I’m flying off to Paris in september. I’m still gonna finish my grand diplome course in New Zealand.

I’m applying for a new program in Paris called ‘Restaurant Management’ program. The program is amazing. I’ll learn about how to start a restaurant, how to manage it, learn about winery, the finance, marketing and etc. The duration of the program is 1 year (6 months study + 6 months internship in Paris). Honestly, I was interested in this program because of the internship. As a foreigner, it’s really difficult to work in Europe or to get a work visa, this program offers a 6 months internship, which means I could get a working experience in Paris. This is soooo exciting. Can’t wait !

Examination

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So, this was my opera gateau for pastry exam. Both exams (cuisine and patisserie) went really really well and I was really happy to hear the good feedbacks from the chefs. I really enjoyed this semester, I’ve learned a lot. Next term is my last one, Superior level, 3 more months to go and I’m done! Superior is going to be amazing and exciting. I can’t wait! Thank you to all the amazing chefs in Le Cordon Bleu Wellington. I’m flying off back to my hometown and I’m gonna be back in Wellington in April. More food posts !

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Basic Certificates

Basic Certificates

Oh yay ! These are my 2 certificates (Basic Cuisine and Basic Patisserie) that I received last year.

I am taking 2 courses simultaneously and each course has 3 different levels ( Basic-Intermediate-Superior ). The duration of each level is 10 weeks (3 months)

Few photos that I post previously are just some of the things that I did in Basic classes, I’m not going to post everything of course because there are lots of things that we made in Basic and sometimes it’s just kind of a repetition.

Ugh, sorry that I posted lots of things in a day, I’ve been trying to blog here instead of tumblr.

See my previous blog http://forknspoon.tumblr.com/

After this post ,everything that I post will be what I made recently (Intermediate level) and it’s just getting more and more exciting !