Friday, July 25, 2008

So You Wanna Make Chocolates?

"So you wanna make chocolates?" a chef friend of mine once asked me. "I sure as hell hope you know what you're getting yourself into Aaron. The long hours it takes, the trickiness of tempering chocolate in all kinds of weather, not to mention the mess you're gonna have to clean up. Good God man that stuff gets everywhere!" 

I should have really taken into account his words from that evening in New Orleans. We sat around talking about strategies for getting into the field of the culinary arts and how one becomes a chocolatier and what kind of people choose to take on the profession. And here all I thought it took was a special handshake.  He went on to explain that there really is no "easy" entry into making chocolates, you just gotta want it. 

Let me say how easy it is to sit back and talk chocolates and act all cool, but it sure is another thing to be slinging tempered chocolate, at all kind of hours, into molds at break-neck speeds because you don't want it to set up before you get to the next batch. There really is a lot more to it. I give it up to those people willing to do what it takes to see their dreams come alive.

Last night I had an order to fill for a co-worker. He has an anniversary in a few days and wanted a special batch for his wife. I worked all night. The mess extended from one end of the kitchen to the other, a virtual sea of brown. My feet hurt from marching back an forth, my back hurt from bending over and rolling out truffles, decorating molds, dipping chocolates etc. In the middle of me bitching about it I heard from the back of my skull -You just gotta want it! It made me smile because now I think I know what he meant.  


Christina said...

What a really great post. I'm sure there are many who fantasize about a career in baking, cooking, and all the other professions of the same sort, but they don't get how difficult it really is. That's why I always enjoy talking to those who are in those professions because I can really tell how much they still want it, even after they've been in the field for a long time.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Great post Aaron - it is always good to see the reality from the dream - but I am a firm believer in dreams - so if you want it, go for it!!! :)

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Aaron, from one chocolate lover to another, I think you're swell. I've been reading "The True History of Chocolate" by Sophie and Michael Coe. It's a shame Sophie has passed away, I would have loved meeting and learning from her. I like your blog.

Christie @ fig & cherry said...

Love the empty wine glass! Hope it helped you deal! ;)