Our Favorite Chef

Things were quieter with only five of us in the house. Grandson Nathaniel began making his treat for Aunt Lise, and I was amused at the way he checked the cake in the oven. I would have opened the door and leaned over, but he had a better view by kneeling.

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Nathaniel put warm chocolate mint cake in a snifter, topped it with ice cream, and presented it to John and me. What a treat! Lise and Julie missed that, because they hadn’t gotten back from taking Patty home.

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The next day Nathaniel modeled his uniform from school (Johnson & Wales). He wore checkered pants, white jacket, and white apron. The dark green around his neck denotes a first-year baking and pastry student. The students are required to press the apron with a sharp crease in the front, and it must be pristine. The jacket must have a crease in the middle of the back and creases on the arms.  Pockets on his sleeve hold a pen, a Sharpie, and a thermometer.  One of the most-used rooms in the dorm is the laundry room, one on every floor. The school provides an ironing board for each room.

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Nathaniel prepared the chocolate frosting and used a bit of it to pipe some roses, which he let us eat.


Here is the cake with its mirror glaze.

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43 thoughts on “Our Favorite Chef

  1. How fun! And I like that they have the pomp and circumstance of the uniform, designated for each level of schooling. Very interesting that they are almost military-like in how they want their students to look. I am excited for Nathaniel going through this course of study. I’ve never seen a cake with a mirror glaze – you can see yourself in it! This was a very enjoyable post Anne.


  2. Hmmmm….I’m going to have to start watching for him on some of my favorite cooking show competitions. Everything he makes looks amazing.


          1. I am usually so tired at night I must stop…I usually sit and do two or three things at once while I watch. I also have a television in the kitchen and when I cook…an everyday thing for me to do…I often watch the Food Network. I love it.


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