Behind The Butter

Fun Announcement

Some of you may know that my school, the Cordon Bleu, has three programs it offers students. The first is the culinary arts program that is a culmination of everything, the second is the patisserie & baking program, and the third is the hospitality program. The first two programs take 15 months to complete and I think the hospitality program takes only 8 months. That being said….I have decided to CHANGE my program and course of study and enter into the Patisserie & Baking Program instead. It’s a HUGE change…number one, I will only have baking and pastry classes. I will learn the art of bread baking to a science, learn how to make wedding cakes, learn how to make all those crazy fancy desserts you see in Europe and expensive restaurants…plus much more!

The second change is that this program is only offered at NIGHT so starting mid-Feb, I will stop going to school from 7:30-12:30 and start going from 6:30-11:30 monday-friday. I’m so excited about this new path…I never have felt quite “right” with cooking…don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to cook—but my heart just wasn’t in it like I planned. The second I get my hands in some bread dough though, that’s where my passion and heart is.

SO…….that all being said, this is going to be the ultimate test of my healthy lifestyle! Of course I won’t be eating the sweets I make every single day…I think of it more as an art form than just a dessert binge. I hope to take some fantastic photos and let you guys know how its all going…every step of the way! Imagine that—a nutritionist that’s also a pastry chef. Who knew? Perhaps in the future I’ll have my own line of healthy desserts…. 😉

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  • Anne
    January 10, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    congrats! it’s always really exciting to make a big step towards the future like that 🙂 looking forward to seeing pictures of all your creations!

  • jenna
    January 10, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Thanks, Anne! 🙂

  • jess
    January 10, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    WOW- what an exciting change! Congratulations on taking the big step, I’m sure it will be a good thing for you. You can tell looking over the diction in your previous points that you are so much more excited and inspired when baking than cooking (though still passionate about both). Definately wish you the best of luck- and will power- with all those amazing treats around! SO excited to continue reading- Not only will I get a peek at some great desserts, but I’m sure that your meals will still provide interesting (and tasty!) ideas as you’re still an awesome and original chef extraordinaire 😉
    Good luck at work tonight

  • Cathy
    January 10, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    That’s wonderful! Congrats on recognizing what you are passionate about and going after it! Good luck with school!

  • Danielle
    January 10, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    I am so excited for you Jenna! It takes such an incredible strength to decide to follow exactly where your passions and interests lead! My heart lies with baking as well 🙂 Congratulations and best of luck with this fabulous change!

  • Ala
    January 10, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Congrats!!! You are an inspiration to follow your passion!

  • Alicia
    January 11, 2008 at 12:26 am

    Hi Jenna,

    Congrats on making the change! It’s always great when you do what you want and the decision is right when you are at peace. I always admire people who make it to culinary school and like you, I have a sweet tooth but know that I cannot handle pattiserie. It requires patience and dedication. I just like eating the creations. LOL

    Good luck in your future endeavours and hope that you can inspire me to bake more. 😛 Have a good day ahead.

  • Krista
    January 11, 2008 at 1:51 am


    That is so exciting….I mentioned to you before that I was at Le Cordon Bleu as well and contemplating the same decision…I wanted to ask you if your Baking and Pastry Program is just a certificate program or if you will earn a degree like the culinary program….the school I go to in San Francisco is just certificate for Baking and Pastry and this is probably the only reason that I haven’t changed over…thanks so much


  • Susan Barnes
    January 11, 2008 at 1:56 am

    Congrats! Based on what you’ve baked so far you’ll do great!

  • jenna
    January 11, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Hi krista!

    Yes! The baking program absolutely awards you a diploma here….that’s so strange it was different than your school? Was it the same 15 month program that it is here? You might want to make sure about that because I know that’s how it is here at orlando culinary. Strange!