Sunday, June 07, 2009

The detailed chronicle of Alana Dyson in NYC at the French Culinary Institute at her blog, Little Foodie, Big Dreams

If you love cooking and love stories about chefs, check out Alana Dyson, a lass who found her calling a few years ago when she discovered haute cusine. Her blog, Little Foodie, Big Dreams, is on,like, 475 degrees.

Born and raised in Shreveport, she has pursued many artistic pathways. She has been a visual artist and a jazz singer. This year she decamped for NYC and the French Culinary Institute, where she seems to be paying serious dues - and not a small tuition, either.

This week a post opened, "I didn’t burn myself! Yay!"

Her profile says that she is working on a career in culinary journalism, at which I think she's doing quite well. With the exception of a lack of photos.

She continued, "Not burning myself was the main event of the evening last night, which is to say, it was a primarily uneventful evening. I was supposed to be saucier, and do the Poulet Roti Grand-Mere, but I ended up making the consomm√© because we were missing a garde manger, and one of the other groups had only 1 person, so we had a 4th member on team # 4. I was glad I got to switch because it’s difficult to make cocotte potatoes with a blister right where the knife sits on your hand when you’re cutting them."


Tony Reans said...

This looks like a good place to find place to get some tips for photographing food. It IS called the Food Photography Blog, after all.

Tony Reans

Pan's Pantry said...

She's having technical difficulties with photos, but the words are great. Reading her blog, I feel almost like I'm in the French Culinary Institute, too.

Alan Dyson said...

Thanks for posting this Robert!
I agree that the photos need to come back - i think she has a great eye for composition and the pics do help engage the reader. unfortunately there is also a restriction on the use of phones in class (her camera is her phone). I thoroughly enjoy reading her posts - it is a grand adventure for the little foodie - and worth the read....
she posts after her classes on tuesdays, thursdays and saturdays.

Alana Dyson said...

Thanks so much! I agree about the lack of pics being a drag. My technological ability is that of a 3 year old or less, and I'm sure there's some way to fix it I just don't know what it is. Thanks for the shout out and the words of encouragement!

Debbie Buchanan Engle said...

In lieu of photos, Alana could just ship some of her food to us.

That'd probably suffice for now.