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Making people smile with colorful food

Katie | future chef

I'm not a perfectionist about most things. My room gets messy, my hair is never straight, and my clothes are definitely never matching! But my food has to look its all-time best. As I always say, food that looks good tastes good, most of the times it does anyway.

When I was three or four years old all I wanted for Christmas was a cooking set. Food is a passion that burns in my heart. Food always seems to bring families together and makes a difference in people's lives.

To become a world class chef you need to go to the best culinary arts school and earn a bachelor's degree. Other than schooling and practice you need a thick skin, for there are always tough critics that no matter what you do you can never impress.

Other steps that I have taken to learn about this career are a few cooking classes I have taken, because I love learning ways to make my art tasty and visually pleasing. I have talked to my aunt and she has taught me that any recipe can be made no matter how difficult it is if you follow the directions and after you understand textures and flavors of food you can embellish on recipes.

The opportunities in this field are slim but rewarding if you succeed. The percentage of restaurants that fail are more than the restaurants that stay open, which has taught me that I must work hard to stay in the game.

After I graduate from college and fulfill my dream of becoming a chef I plan to open my own restaurant and name it, “Katie's Apron”. It will be a restaurant that has good food and a fun atmosphere.

Katie's essay appears here as written, to preserve the young author’s unique voice and individual writing style. However, we have deleted personally identifiable information to protect the student’s privacy.