Friday 22nd of March 2013
So this is it. The day that marks the end of my 9 month dream. I was filled with a mix of emotions. I was excited, sad, nervous, happy, uncertain. Ah, mais oui! C’est la vie!
The graduation was held in the luxurious 5 star Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, just a stone’s throw away from the Eiffel Tower. This was the first time Le Cordon Bleu held a graduation there. All the previous ones were at Le Cercle de l’Union Interalliée, a social and dining club on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honeré.
I can’t even begin to describe how schmancy Shangri-La is, so to save me from surfing through thesaurus.com, here are some photos:
Mum flew all the way from Melbourne to attend the ceremony – good on you mum! I was really glad she could be a part of it and to meet my new friends, experience a little of my life here and see how I had fallen in love with Paris. It was nice to have mum around. She’s always in auto-cleaning mode, vacuuming and cleaning my apartment pretty much every second day despite me telling her not to (I really tried! And that’s not the reason why it was nice to have her around…honestly!). Mum was also pretty insistent on cooking for me (that, I didn’t stop her… hehe). I missed mum’s cooking (and her of course). She makes the bestest food. It’s a big call but I think mum’s home cooked meals beats any Michelin star restaurant. Pour quoi? Parce-que mum’s cooking comes from the heart. What more could one want other than a real, wholesome meal. Cooked with love. From the heart.
If you’re reading this mum, thanks for everything you have done for me, filling me with delicious nourishing meals when I’m sick (and even when I’m not), picking up my loose ends and for being ever so patient. But above all, always being there for me xox
The graduation ceremony was held in the Roland Bonaparte room, where the pâtisserie and cuisine students all gathered, ready to receive our diploma:
What kind of celebration would it be without champagne and canapés? Definitely not the kind of celebration that exists in my world! And here are a few happy snappies of the rest of the afternoon…
More photos are available for viewing on the Le Cordon Bleu website here.
To end the evening my usual crew and I had our last dinner together before we all part ways to chase our own dreams. Who knows when we will all reunite to cook, bake, eat and drink together again.
And so ends one chapter of my journey.
For another one to begin…