Ugly Desserts, Pretty Great People

Have you ever had something go so terribly wrong that you started to doubt why you thought you could do it in the first place? Yep, me too. Actually, this past week is a prime example of that. If it hadn’t been for my team and Papa Chef, I probably would’ve thrown in the towel. Literally and figuratively. 

This past week has been an absolute whirlwind of emotions. That might actually be an understatement. We have been practicing our ACF competition desserts and the vision for mine was really cool, super trendy, and most of all, challenging, which I’m always up for. The more and more I practiced the more and more of a mess it seemed to be. My dessert could have been on one of those “nailed it” memes. It was that bad. 

After practice 3 of 5, I had enough. Hours inside and outside of class and I still didn’t get anywhere. It seemed that what I was trying to do was virtually impossible. It was a defeat that I wish I hadn’t had to face, but I did. It was then that my amazing team stepped up, encouraged me to keep going, and began to throw out ideas of ways to create a more attainable dessert for the hour and a half time frame given to compete. And so we did. 

I left school on Saturday with a whole new appreciation for team work. One persons struggle made light work for a team and they never once left me to figure it out on my own. I’m beginning to wonder if I am learning more about food or people at this point! I couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by to share how important it is to have people in your corner; the ones who are there for the good, the bad, and the ugly (and trust me the dessert was ugly)! 

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