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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: In The Kitchen - deadline 7-19-12 @ 9:59 AM NY Time (07/12/12)

TITLE: A Lesson Learned
By Sarah Whitaker



"Awwww, Chef! Why is it always me?"

"Because you have the most interesting ways of not following directions."

Culinary School was Randy's dream, but under the great whip of Chef O'Bannon, the nightmare started around nine or ten o'clock when the kitchen lab would be prepared. The circle of would-be students once again formed around Randy as he looked at his would-be Hollandaise and how it now resembled scrambled eggs.

"This is what happens when you put too much love in the heat department on your Hollandaise! Your customer did not order scrambled eggs. This is what I am talking about when you find your happy medium."

"Yes Chef!" the crowd said in unison.

Randy folded his arms and looked down at his non-slip shoes. He kept thinking he put his heart and soul into his cooking, and yet he could never get it right.

"Chef? ... How do I put everything I got into something and find a happy medium? I want to put all my love into my dishes!"

"Then you'd do well to pay attention to it's needs."

Randy raised his head, looking at the glasses-clad instructor in the big floppy hat. His teacher merely blinked at him with a clipboard in his hand.

"Oh please, Randy. Do you have a girlfriend?"

"What does my love life have to do-"

"Everything. Food and love go hand in hand. Trust me, if it's one thing about us males is that we give it our all in what we think is best and the lady doesn't even smile. Who cares what you think! Meet the needs of the dish and she'll come out perfect. She'll smell nice for you, make you feel pleasant, just remember that too much heat in the beginning will spoil just about any good dish."

"Oh crud! My Hollandaise!" another student yelled, rushing away from the group.

The instructor closed his eyes and groaned as he lowered his head. Chef O'Bannon raised his hand and shooed away the rest of the group.

"Go back to your assignment! We'll talk about a love life after class!"

"Yes Chef!"

Randy actually appeared thoughtful and slowly nodded at the teacher's wisdom. Taking what was once his Hollandaise, he tossed the contents from the metal bowl and began to gather the ingredients from the table.

"I never thought there was 'too much' when it came to love."

"Love itself, no... taking care of it, yes. I expect to see you stop trying and start succeeding."

"Yes Chef..."

As Randy cracked the eggs, putting them in a side bowl, his thoughts turned to Kiana. Flowers, chocolates, love letters... nothing put more than half a smile on her face. He started to remember the first day he met her at the library studying that guy called Chaucer. She looked like she was having the time of her life decoding all that old English.

A little salt... pepper... Randy nodded to himself.

It was time for another trip to the library. If she could find a dictionary back then, so could he.

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C D Swanson 07/19/12
Such a cute story...I really enjoyed the entire clever piece. Thank you so much.

God bless~
Dannie Hawley 07/19/12
So cleverly written and true.
Lizzy Ainsworth07/19/12
Very interesting and called out realistic points about cooking and romance, too much heat too early is disasterous!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/19/12
This is a great story. I liked how you used kitchen in a different way than most. The chef is a brilliant man with some great advice. I could easily picture this scene unfolding in my mind.
Hiram Claudio07/20/12
This was wonderful! I thought the line, in response to the MC's comment about putting all his love into what he was doing, "Then you'd do well to pay attention to it's needs" was powerful and could be so easily developed in to many other life situations.

Well written and it flowed easily. Nicely done!
Genia Gilbert07/22/12
This is a good entry. It has an underlying lesson that I found quite clever and interesting. Well done.
Leola Ogle 07/23/12
Clever take on the topic! Loved the comparisons between love and cooking. Good advice. God bless!