Being a chef has shaped my life in many ways. I’ve spent about ten years working as a pastry chef, and I worked hard. I love the marriage of creativity and science that is fine-dining pastry: the snap of perfectly tempered chocolate, the delicate wobble of a panna cotta, or rise of a soufflé in the oven. When I was a teenager I decided that I wanted to work in a Michelin starred restaurant, and in my twenties, I did.
I sacrificed a lot to get to that point, and now I’m working hard to learn something completely different: web development and design.
I was learning web development in high school- not as part of a class but on my own. That was a while ago now; there were an awful lot of iframes and in-line CSS back then! I wanted to be a chef though, so I continued to pursue that as my career.
Chefs work long hours- starting at 8am, and finishing whenever the last plates go out- often not until after midnight. Breaks are dependant on business; if lunch service is quiet enough or finishes early enough you might get a break before getting ready for dinner service (though it may just be long enough to run down the road for a coffee!) I have worked many, many 16-hour shifts. A chef who works those hours for any less than five days a week is branded (only somewhat jokingly) a Part Timer, no matter the reason (health, family…sanity!)
This blog is about me learning web design and development. I’m not in a position where I can go to college full time, or take up an unpaid internship- it just won’t happen. Instead, I’m learning from a variety of sources, and doing it while still working full time- but that’s just me being a Part Timer.