Meet a top pastry chef who’s found the recipe for a blessed life.
“In this industry, to be successful is a lot of sacrifice. And you have to be thick-skinned. There’s a lot of physical and mental stuff you have to go through working in a kitchen to work your way up. It’s really stressful. It’s not easy. The pressure is on and you have ten, twenty tickets fired all at once and you have to plate it now. No questions asked. Then when the chef gets it, it better be perfect.
When I was a kid, I had two things. It was either gonna be a CIA agent or it was gonna be a chef. I used to play with food and pretend I was cooking so it was just natural for me to get into cooking as a career. I think my grandma was the one who influenced me a lot and she always cooked. So every time she was cooking, I would always cook with her. Fried chicken, that was the one thing I remembered, was fried chicken. But we cooked everything.
When I was in my home ec class, I competed in a cooking competition and from there my home ec teacher suggested that I should go to City College. They had a really good culinary program. I got really inspired seeing everyone who was pursing that career and I wanted to do exactly that and it was a lot of fun.
They pick pastry chefs from the top chocolatiers, top catering companies, top hotels and restaurants from all over the country.”
In just a few minutes, four bakers fight for cupcake domination. Isaac, the judges have been impressed by your unexpected flavors and your innovative use of cupcake wrappers on your display has wow’d them. The winner of today’s battle and this was a close one, is Isaac. You’re the winner of cupcake wars.
[Cupcake Wars TV Host]
“It was fun. It was also nerve-racking. Like I said, say corny jokes; it’s gonna be on national TV so it helped me calm my nerves. Everything went pretty smooth from there.
I never thought I’d end up in a place like this. The menu is created by me so I come up with different seasonal items. I pretty much create the desserts for it. When we go to the farmer’s market, if we see a certain ingredient or fruit for instance. I figure oh that would go well with this nut or this chocolate so just anywhere, if I just taste something, something just triggers inside, I’m like oh I can just create something with this vegetable or this fruit.
It’s a lot of trial and error. Sometimes you have an idea or you see another chef try a certain savory ingredient with the dessert. And you think oh let me try that. But sometimes it doesn’t taste good or sometimes it doesn’t go well so you scratch it out. Just always test it out, just test, test, test until you get the right texture and flavor that you want. My favorite dessert would be the milk and cookies which happens to be one of the favorite items on the menu. It’s chocolate sauce, chocolate cookie crumb, cookie dough, mascarpone milk mousse, and then it has a malted milk chocolate ice cream.
Everyone’s having fun and it feels really good to do volunteer work there. I’m really thankful that I work in a place that they understand where I’m coming from. My religious faith and that doesn’t hinder me from worshipping, attending worship services. Having that discipline that’s already inside me from long long ago. Even when it’s hard at work, when my schedule’s tight, I always prioritize where I’m gonna worship then everything else. So just always prioritize that no matter what.
I’m Isaac Carter and I’m a member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, Church of Christ.”