The Dream Is In the Heart of the Person Who Believes

Nicole - Newark, Ohio
Entered on January 12, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30
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The Dream Is in the Heart of the Person Who Believes

What good are women chefs? Really, what good are they? Well I’m about to tell you right now. It all started when I was about six years old, I was watching my dad cook dinner. Then all a sudden I asked him “Daddy can I help you?” and he said, “No you can’t do this.” Right then I felt really hurt and I went to my room and cried for a while. So I asked my dad every day for a while and eventually he gave in and let me help him. That was the day I knew I wanted to be a chef. I always said that I was going to be a famous chef on the food network channel. I worked hard every time I cooked. I felt happy and free. Everything was going great until I got to high school. Everyone told me that I would never make it and that I would end up being a poor little girl living on the streets trying to make money from rich people that would walk by my box that I lived in.

I am tenaciously determined to make sure that I would make it and make sure I would get to live my dream. Cooking isn’t just a hobby to me, it’s my way of life and it’s something I would do constantly. I would never get tired of it, and sometimes I actually dream about cooking because it is my passion. Cooking makes me feel like I can do something right for once. I want to prove to everyone that I will not be a screw up. For a while I applied at many restaurants and they all never responded. I actually had one restaurant that threw my application in the trash as soon as I walked out the door. For some reason I thought it was because I was a woman and that the restaurant was full of men. Women deal with so much crap and I was told that I would go through all of it, and I think I’m starting to. Like being criticized by men because you love to cook and it’s your passion. Even though some people think that women aren’t good enough to cook, I know that women are, because I’m one of them. But I will make it through and I believe that I will make it and I will show everyone who thinks that woman can’t be a chef. I believe that women can do anything they set their minds to. All women deserve to be treated equally. So if I want to be a chef, you better believe that I’m going to try my hardest and I will make sure that I succeed, and I think that the dream is in the heart of the person who believes they can make what they want happen.