Transcript: Baking & Pastry Arts | Mar 31, 1999

A caption reads “Alejandra Enriquez. Baking and Pastry Arts.”

Alejandra is in her twenties and has brown hair. She wears a white chef’s hat and white chef coat. She stands in a kitchen and is whipping a batter in a bowl of food. Then Alex is shown placing the batter on a board and then squeezing a bag filled with icing. Later she pours the icing out into an aluminium pan.

Alex says HI, MY NAME IS ALEX,
AND I'M STUDYING
BAKING and PASTRY ARTS
AT GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE.
AND I'M HERE BECAUSE
I LOVE BAKING.
THE WAY I DECIDED TO BECOME
A BAKER IS THROUGH GOING
THROUGH SCHOOL FIRST.
ANOTHER WAY OF BECOMING
A BAKER IS ACTUALLY
SECURING EMPLOYMENT WITH
A PLACE THAT DOES BAKING
AND GOING THROUGH
AN APPRENTICESHIP.
THE COURSE THAT I'M TAKING
NOW IS ONLY A YEAR LONG.
AND AFTERWARDS I DO
GAIN 900 HOURS TOWARD
MY APPRENTICESHIP
AFTER THIS COURSE.
AND THEN YOU CAN WRITE YOUR
PAPERS AFTER ACCUMULATING
YOUR HOURS THAT YOU NEED.
I LOVE TO PLAY WITH FOOD.
IT'S REALLY FUN.
I GET TO BE CREATIVE.
I GET TO BE ARTISTIC.
AND I GET TO SHOW OFF MY
TALENTS IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE.
AND I GET TO EAT
WHAT I MAKE.
ONCE I GRADUATE, I'VE
ALREADY FOUND AN OPPORTUNITY
TO WORK IN A HIGH-END
RESTAURANT IN TORONTO
WORKING AS AN APPRENTICE
PASTRY CHEF.
ALONG THE LINES, AS WELL,
WITHIN A FEW YEARS
I'M DREAMING TO MOVE DOWN
TO THE CARIBBEAN AND
OPENING MY OWN
HIGH-END PATISSERIE.
IN ADDITION TO ALL THE SKILLS
THAT I'VE LEARNED HERE
OTHER SKILLS THAT I'VE LEARNED
IS DEDICATION, PATIENCE,
ABILITY TO WORK WITH OTHERS
IN ANY TYPE OF SITUATION.
I'VE LEARNED TO
BE VERY TENACIOUS,
AND I HAVE TO SEEING AS WE HAVE TO BE
HERE AT SEVEN EVERY MORNING,
I'VE LEARNED THAT SCHOOL
IS IMPORTANT, SO YOU
HAVE TO GO TO BED EARLY.

[chuckling]

Alex places cream between layers of cake and then decorates the cake with icing, cherries and chocolate shavings.

Alex continues I WOULD DEFINITELY
RECOMMEND THIS PROGRAM,
WHATEVER WALK OF LIFE
YOU'D LIKE TO TAKE.
IT TEACHES YOU A LOT
ABOUT YOURSELF,
ABOUT YOUR DEDICATION
TO WHAT YOU'RE DOING.
IT TEACHES YOU HOW
TO MAKE GREAT DESSERTS.
IF YOU HAVE COMPANY OVER
YOU CAN SURPRISE THEM.
YOU CAN MAKE YOUR
KIDS BIRTHDAY CAKES.
YOU CAN GO ON TO WORK
ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.
YOU CAN WORK FOR BIG
FACTORIES, YOU CAN WORK FOR
LITTLE BAKERIES, YOU CAN WORK
FOR HIGH-END RESTAURANTS,
OR YOU CAN EVEN RUN IN
ANY HOTEL IN THE WORLD.
IT'S A BIG LINE.
YOU CAN WORK IN CRUISE SHIPS,
YOU CAN WORK IN RESORTS.
IT'S A VERY BIG
MARKET RIGHT NOW.
SO HERE'S MY CAKE.

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