My secret passion

By Rosanna Aguilera
On April 5, 2019

I’ve always told myself a career in journalism would be perfect for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but part of me wishes I would have pursued something else. 
My secret passion is working with food.
I don’t know why it never occurred to me in high school that I could have gone to culinary school, considering how much I love food.
I enjoy watching every Food Network show. You name it, I watch it daily.
It’s not just that I like the content of the shows; there is so much to learn from them.
Food is such a deep subject. Everyone thinks it’s easy, but it’s science.
You have to know which flavors pair well, how ingredients will interact with others and how to utilize those ingredients to properly execute a dish.
I cook every day and it’s my favorite time of the day. I am always in my happy place in my kitchen.
I mainly enjoy making any kind of pasta: chicken spaghetti, Pizza Hut pasta, chicken alfredo, regular spaghetti. I think I like eating it more than cooking it.
I like exploring new recipes and things I have never tried. Sometimes, it’s great and other times, not so great. That’s the fun in it. 
When I fail, I try again and try to learn from my mistakes.
It intrigues me how there isn’t a rule book when it comes to cooking. Of course, there are recipes and certain things you have to do but, essentially, you can create whatever you want.
The weirdest things pair together, and you can come up with ideas you would never see in a cookbook. “Chopped” is a great example of this. The contestants are given four random ingredients and have to make a composed dish.
Again, sometimes it doesn’t work but, sometimes, the chefs create beautiful dishes that the judges love and it’s something they would have never thought of.
I also have a passion for baking. In high school, I was the Lions Club sweetheart and had to make dessert every Thursday for our weekly meetings.
I made a different dessert every week for one year and it was incredibly fun. 
My favorite dessert to this day to bake is banana nut bread. I have made it tons of times, and it’s executed pretty well, I think.   
Cake decorating is an art to me, as well. I will sit and watch people decorate cakes for hours on YouTube.
I haven’t decorated many cakes, but it’s something I would like to explore. 
The only thing I wouldn’t like about the food community is the fast-paced environment, like in a restaurant. 
I would want to be a private chef so I could take my time and not deal with anyone in my way or time restraints. I would just enjoy myself in the kitchen and try to make beautiful dishes. 
I still love journalism, but it’s a dream of mine to be a chef. Maybe I could combine the two and write about food and different restaurants. 


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