Finals, pie and possibly no summer session

Both of my finals were/are today – Food and Beverage Management, which I took this morning and aced; and Food Safety tonight, which I’m most nervous about passing. I didn’t study much this weekend…because…I WON! I won the apple category in the Crisco National Pie Championships, professional division. Although I didn’t win “best of show,” I was voted best apple pie in America by the American Pie Council. I’m still shocked. I entered only one pie. I’ve never entered this competition before. And I’m not a professional baker (yet). I couldn’t sit still last night, I was so excited. Studying and sleep both took a back burner.

Food Network filmed us all day Saturday – we each had our own film crew that followed the entire production/baking process. I’m not sure how it will all be edited, who will be featured, etc. but can’t wait to find out when the promos hit the air this summer. They did follow 4 professional bakers as the focus of the Food Network Challenge series, so I’m not sure if they’ll pepper the rest of us into that show, or create another show. Regardless, it was such a fun weekend – I can’t wait to enter again next year.

I had two mini-disasters they captured on camera. First, my apples had been sitting out and were at room temperature, not as firm as I would have liked them to be, so the apple corer/peeler didn’t work well. I had to peel and cut the apples by hand and all I had was my 7″ Usuba Mercer knife. They thankfully found me a pairing knife, but I lost a lot of time. Second, I made my own butter, which takes about 20 minutes. I could hear the cream starting to break at one point – I was at the “looks like runny scrambled eggs” stage. I should have stayed at the mixer, but walked away to finish cutting the apples, and, SLOSH! The cream broke with the mixer on high and buttermilk went everywhere. The camera guy ran over to catch it on film. I turned it off, commenting about the mess I had made, and then instead of switching the release to raise the mixer head out of the bowl, I switched the mixer on. I splashed buttermilk everywhere again, including all over me, the camera and the camera guy. Ooops. But, I made butter on TV, and I don’t think anyone has ever done that in a Food Network Challenge before.

Unfortunately, with all of the excitement, I forgot to make my tuition payment for summer session and was bumped out of my Quantity I class. I tried to register again today, but my spot was already taken. I’m working with the adviser to see if I can get into anything at this point so I don’t lose time. Otherwise, it will be summer break for me, with classes again in August. Bummer.

Browse Culinary Arts Schools & Colleges

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More


    See More



    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Matching School Ads
            3 Program(s) Found
            Platt College Oklahoma , Oklahoma City
            • Each campus features a public restaurant where culinary students work under the direction of professional chefs for real-world experience.
            • Hosts Platt College’s Food Fight, a friendly dessert competition for students held once a month.
            • Offers programs in culinary arts, nursing, and healthcare.
            • Accredited by the American Culinary Federation (AFC) and Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
            • 5 campuses in Lawton, North and Central Oklahoma City, Moore, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
            • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
            • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
            • Provides program coordinators who work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
            • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
            Good for Working Adults
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Hands-on culinary education with focused attention on each student
            • An ACCSC School of Excellence with multiple “Best Vocational Cooking School” awards*
            • 15,000 graduates, including celebrities like Bobby Flay, David Chang, and Christina Tosi*
            • Programs in Culinary Entrepreneurship, Professional Culinary Arts, Professional Pastry Arts, and much more
            • Campuses in New York and Silicon Valley with nearby housing available
            Show more [+]
            1 Program(s) Found

            Baker College is the largest independent college in Michigan with the most focused approach to education and training available. Our mission is to prepare you for meaningful employment.

            4 Program(s) Found
            • Gives students the opportunity to earn their associate’s degree in the culinary arts field in less than 15 months or bachelor’s degree in the food service management field in 2.5 years through their year-round schedule.
            • Located in Norfolk and Newport News, Virginia.
            • Offers externship experiences to students for experience in the field.
            • Hosts regular career fairs for employer recruitment.
            • Has student housing available.
            • Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC).
            Show more [+]
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Received the 2015 and 2013 “Cooking School of the Year” Award of Excellence from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP).
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
            • Externship opportunities are available at numerous famous New York City restaurants.
            • Campus is located near downtown Manhattan, within walking distance of many popular attractions such as the Radio City Music Hall.
            Show more [+]
            Good for Working Adults
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            4 Program(s) Found
            Auguste Escoffier Schools of Culinary Arts , Online (campus option available)
            • Culinary Arts program includes the 3-week Farm To Table® Experience, where students gain a direct, in-depth look at where food comes from.
            • Numerous scholarship opportunities and financial aid are available to students who qualify.
            • Accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), and the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
            • 2 campuses located in Boulder, Colorado and Austin, Texas.
            Show more [+]
            Good for Working Adults
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid