Sunday, November 6, 2011

This is the sound of my knuckles cracking...

Howdy, folks!

Long time no see...

As you may know (or not, if you're just tuning in), I fell off the face of the internets sometime around Christmas last year, largely due to the INSANE workload I was shouldering at Stratford Chef School. My 8 months off school were also pretty intense, and I didn't much see the outside of a kitchen.

I am now back in school for my second and final year, and while my academic obligations have, if anything, multiplied, one of my assignments is to write and maintain a food weblog. The assignment is part of the Stratford Chef School's Gastronomic Writer In Residence Program - every year, the school invites a prominent gastronomic writer to instruct the students in the art and craft of food writing. Last year, our writer in residence was Ian Brown, of the Globe and Mail, and this year, we are lucky to have the lovely Clotilde Dusoulier, of the weblog Chocolate & Zucchini. Clotilde is visiting us from Paris, France, and is focusing our attentions on emerging media in general, and on weblogs in particular.

Seriously, this lady is lovely. In every way, she is gracious and kind, articulate and empathetic, and most importantly, Clotilde is elegant in exactly the way my feeble mind thinks French ladies ought to be. I have not yet had a weblog-related encounter with her, but she and I did have an encounter of tremendous cultural, gastronomic and gustatory importance. More on that tomorrow. Now, it's time to hit the books. I was away from my desk all weekend, and assignments are already starting to pile up.

I don't know if you can hear this out there in the internet, but this is the sound of my knuckles cracking, as I get down to work.

It's nice to be back.