2012: What a Year

BY CALVIN VIRGIL, NYC: Another month has come and gone and I have to say that I’ve come to enjoy this experience even more. As time passes I’m learning more as a student and as a person. Each day is a new adventure. I have a few things that I want to share with you guys that made December such a special month for me.

Most importantly, school is going very well. I’m pleased with my grades and my progress as far as where I came from when I first started. Right now we are on the Gateaux section of curriculum. Being that I want to specialize in cake design, this has to be my favorite section yet.

Another exciting moment for me this month was Chris and I assisted at the NOLA Pay It Forward event in the Rockaways. Working with Chef Mike and other local New Orleans chefs was a very humbling experience. Seeing how grateful all of the Hurricane Sandy victims were made every moment worth while. The food was amazing and it was super fun! It definitely represented New Orleans in a great way while giving back at the same time.

Lastly, I am SOOOOO happy to announce that I finally have a job!!! It’s been a rough few months financially for me, but I really wanted to take my time and find somewhere that I would grow in the most in the area that I want to specialize in. I start work this week at Magnolia Bakery. It’s one of the most popular and tasty spots in New York City for pastries! I look forward to learning and growing as a baker here.

I hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas holiday and will have a great New Year! Until next time…