After working intensly all day long. I finished my practical exam. The weight is lifted.
Overall, I'm very happy with the results. I was lucky enough not to have anything go terribly wrong. The only part that I would like to have done differently is the piping. It's amazing that I've practiced the piping around the cake plate 100 times, and never once did I have so many issues until today. It ended up coming out well, but it's a little frustrating to think that I could have done better.
I was able to finish about 15 minutes before the time was up. If you ask me, a perfect amount of time! I was rushed, but not crazy-hectic, running around like a nut job. Though that is really fun at times, I worked fast, but relaxed (as much as I could have been).
Once we were finished with the cake part, we had to "showcase" our cakes and piping. A slice had to be cut out, and we had to give an explanation of our cake, ie. Are you happy with the cake? How was your timing? What do you like the best? What went wrong? Where could you improve? All this had to be done in front of the panel of judges.
There's nothing that could possibly make me more nervous. I don't even remember what I said. Have you ever spoken in public, and then thought back about 5 minutes later about what you said... and not remembered anything because you were so nervous? Yep. I could have said, "The sky is blue," and not have known later.
Now the cooking part of the exam. We had to make a crepe and a salad. Here's where I felt like I was on Chopped.
Ready, and GO!
Chop, chop, cop
Saute, saute, saute
Run and get the plates
Look at the clock nervously
Both my crepe and salad were Asian inspired. The salad is a shrimp lettuce wrap with peanuts and mango, and my crepe is a spicy shrimp stir fry.
To be perfectly honest, I never really got to taste the dish. Gasp! I know, I broke the number one rule. Chef Ramsay would not be happy with me, but I was just a little bit too stressed.
Here are some other pictures from the others in my class! Enjoy!