I’m sure most people’s year abroad & assistantship experiences are full of many wonderful and strange experiences – I certainly feel that no week is ‘normal’. But last week was especially unusual. I’m supposed to do 12 hours per week of teaching classes… well last week so many classes were cancelled due to training periods, exams etc. that I only had 4 hours of classes… yet I spent 8 hours one evening in the restaurant kitchen. Guess that brings it up to 12 then!
I had been invited by a class I teach to their annual themed dinner for family & friends, to help out in the kitchen just for fun! I was put into a cook’s uniform, and I thought I was only going to be there for a couple of hours before they had their dinner together pre-guests arriving, but they had other plans! Their usual English teacher & I were given little tiny jobs in the presentation department of dishes… in charge of “herbs” was our official role. It was amazing to be part of a production line, putting together & giving out to the waiters 140 dishes in a matter of minutes really.
To me, taking part in this sort of thing is rather scary… even if I’m only there for fun & not expected to do anything! But big groups of people, not knowing what I’m doing… luckily once the teacher got back from doing her speech in front of the parents, and she just sidled around the kitchen relaxedly asking questions & tasting things I started to feel less like a naughty student & more like a guest. Plus of course the chef teachers are extremely friendly, and it ended up being a very painless experience!
I even got roped into a ‘bigger’ job of helping plate up the desserts with the students at the end. But most excitingly… I got to eat this plate of Bailey’s cheesecake & ice-cream. Heaven. Look at all the KitchenAid mixers in the pastry kitchen too! And further above you can see the plate of Cannelés, macarons, lemon tartlets, and whisky chocolates made by the pastry chefs. So envious of that talent!
So this is my last week of teaching! I have a few more ‘normal’ hours this week… though I think I can also look forward to a couple of them being nothing but games & party food. Well… I like to think they’ll miss me. 🙂