A few weekends ago I prepared for my first food competition. The competition is hosted by Cono Sur Winery in Chile and the grand prize is a trip to tour their winery. (www.conosur.com) That sounds right up my alley! I created three dishes with the hopes that I would come up with at least one that I was really proud and excited to share with the public en masse.
Over the years my friends and family have asked me why I have never entered any competitions and I would always respond with "I don't know?" or "I don't have time." But really it was because I didn't think I was good enough to win. I was paralyzed by fear but desperation causes you to do things that you never thought you could or would. Let me explain,
In March I lost my full-time job because the company I was working for went bankrupt. This wasn't that big of a deal to me because it was a dead end job and I hated it. Unfortunately, I didn't know what to do next because everything I had gone to school for and worked towards I couldn't for reasons that were/are beyond my control. This was a heart breaking process to go through. I had spent so much time and energy preparing myself for a career that I wouldn't be accepted in. For the first time in my life I found myself feeling lost. This led me to try a bunch of different career opportunities that I was interested in to see if I could make them work but nothing seemed right. Thankfully I was approved for employment insurance so I had some time to stop and reflect on what I really wanted out of life. Making your way through life is tough business... Seriously, why can't I just be a beach bum?
Right around this time I kept hearing my family talk about a guy they knew who was food blogging full-time. That sounded really interesting to me and got me thinking, why couldn't I do that? I contacted him and he graciously met with me to talk about what it takes to make it as a blogger. After that I became really excited because I finally had some direction. He gave me some really great suggestions and one of them was to enter as many food competitions as possible, because that's where he began to see success. His name is Steve and you can check out his AMAZING blog at www.theblackpeppercorn.com.
Since then I've been working away on this thing because I think I have finally found what I want to do with my life. (Sorry Mom and Dad for taking so long to figure this stuff out!) I took his advice to heart and all I had to do was wait until a food competition came up so I could enter. Finally, one did which led me to Saturdays cooking extravaganza. My family has always been super supportive of me and all the endeavours I've taken on in my 20's. I owe them a lot because I've bounced around trying so many different career paths which is why it is always an honour when I get to cook for them. Saturday night was no different and was one of the best nights I had with my family that I can remember in recent memory. We sat around the dinner table with our palates primed and our wine glasses full. We tasted and deliberated at which dish was the best which ended up taking some time because they all turned out so well...or was the wine taking affect? Anyway let me know which one you think looks best! You can read the recipes here, here, and here) For us the burger came out on top. You can vote for me here! www.bloggercompetition.conosur.com
Desperation has a funny way of giving you the courage you never thought you had.
Life is good!