The French Pastry School: What was your background previous to pastry, and what led you to pursue a pastry education?
Gloria Mendoza: Before attending The French Pastry School I was like any other senior in high school, wondering about what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I did not want to end up in a career that I didn’t like or was pressured into. Then I figured: what better way to spend the rest of my life than to do what I love to do? I like baking, decorating and creating tasty things and therefore I knew I wanted to get into the career in pastry.
FPS: What has been the most surprising or eye-opening moment for you so far in the program?
GM: The most surprising moment was when I realized that the chefs take their time for you to understand because there is much more than just mixing ingredients together in baking. Formulas have to be followed when spinning ice cream and calculations have to be done when making bread dough. It’s good to know that you are being taught by someone who cares and know what they are doing.
FPS: What are your plans following graduation?
GM: I got into The French Pastry School internship, therefore I will be interning for the next six months following graduation. I am planning on being a full time intern at school assist chefs with class, projects, and events. I am very excited for these next few months because it will be the beginning of my next stage in life.
FPS: Where do you see yourself in five years? Where do you hope to be?
GM: I am not exactly sure where I am going to find myself in five years. Life is full of surprises and all I can do is hope for the best. Hopefully I will be working at a better job position than with the one I started with and continuing my training as a pastry chef. Then eventually open my own little shop when I feel ready.
FPS: In the future, what will you look back on and remember most vividly about your time as a student at The French Pastry School?
GM: Being a student at The French Pastry School has given me many great memories and an unforgettable experience. I think what I will remember most vividly about as a student would be the time I spend with my stream and getting to know them better. Being a small class, working together and seeing each other almost every day creates special bonds that cannot be broken.