Today I learned that my chef de pâtisserie represented France in the World Chocolate Masters a few years back (and came in a very respectable 5th place, despite his showpiece breaking during the competition!) I'm kind of in awe. Ok, I'm fully in awe. That was a twist I didn't see coming. Kind of like someone putting a cherry on top of the cherry of having the opportunity to stage in 'the house of fancy pastries'.
In other news my knee is still buggered despite horsepill anti-inflammatories, I have developed the ability to sleep at will (and sometimes even not when I will it,) and today was overall a better day in 'the house of fancy pastries'. Meaning I felt ~slightly~ less goomba like, and got to do a few new things. :)
It's the hardest work I've done physically in pastry so far, as this place produces in larger quantities than anywhere I've ever worked before. Larger batches of everything mean larger pots, larger mixer bowls (that weigh like... half what I do?) and so on. Even though my bruised knee doesn't like it for the moment, fortunately my back is holding up through it all and I'm counting my blessings and feeling seriously grateful toward my physiotherapist. It feels normal most of the time now, despite the strain I'm placing on it, which I guess means we did a good job bringing it back to health (yay.)
I feel like I have a lot to feel grateful for, and I'm just hoping things continue to move in this positive direction.
Now, I must sleep.