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  1. Matt

    Aww, you look adorable. Now, you just need one of those big floppy chef’s hats. ;-P

    I laughed when I saw all that wheat grass. Didn’t you just comment to me the other day on how you disliked it while making a cute, squished up face?

    You’ll get better with the knives. No problem. I believe in you!


  2. Noelle

    Yummmmmmm! I just made some raw veggie sushi with beets. I like that root so much. I got my hubs to eat three wedges of sushi with beets so score!

    You look like you are having fun already!!!!

  3. Tara @ Vegan Piggy

    Yay Amber! I’m so excited for you. What you’re doing sounds like so much fun, and will make you into less of a great cook and more of an amazing chef 🙂 I look forward to hearing all about it!

  4. Hannah

    I”m fairly certain I saw that snazzy chef’s coat on a Prada runway recently. 99% sure, actually. 🙂

    I love raw beets (and roasted beets, but not the canned sickly sweet kind), so I would’ve been all over your platter. (That sounds a bit naughty. But this is me and you, so why wouldn’t it sound so?! :P)

  5. Mom

    You sure look cute in your chef’s coat…doesn’t look ill-fitting in the picture though. Those are very appealing, colorful “raviolis”. How fun. I’m sure you’ll be wielding those knives like an expert in no time. Ha! You perfect everything!

  6. bitt

    I wish I was one of those soon-to-arrive students. I need help with my knife skills too. I have finally mastered the mandoline, but I nearly cut off my fingers in the process. Good luck!

  7. Aimee (I Tri To Be Me)

    Congrats on completing your first day! That must have been so exciting!
    I probably would have sliced my finger off using that knife and mandolin!

  8. Mindy

    Great first report! This will be such an amazing adventure, and I look forward to experiencing it vicariously as I read along and look at your photos. Just do your best to relish every minute. You are SO very fortunate to be doing this. No telling how many raw chef wannabes are out there who would give anything to be where you are. Probably worth remembering when the frustration hits.

    The ravioli looks fantastic. There are so many veggies (like beets) that I never even tried, much less thought I would enjoy, till I started eating a lot of raw food. What a joy to be enjoying all of this vibrant color and interesting textures while most everyone else in this country is sitting around thinking, “Well, what’ll it be: Pizza Hut or McDonald’s; Swanson or Lean Cuisine? We are so lucky.

  9. amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler

    Ow, OW! Lookin’ good in that chef’s coat, Amber! Heck, that’s reason enough for me to enroll!

    Those raviolis look fab, too, by the way. Send some my way.

    I am not skilled with slicin’ and dicin’ and choppin’ and juliennin’ or any other style. Well, I guess I’m decent at the “rough chop.”

    I’ve been cleaning out clutter and today I was going through some old Vegetarian Times magazines. I found one from last October with a little blurb about 105 Degrees openings its school.

  10. Hillary

    Heh….they really don’t make chef’s jackets in female sizes….like, ever (whould you open your own culinary school, I recommend inventing them!). The raviolis look awesome, and you’ll learn your knife skills in due time. Hell, I still struggle, and carrots are little orange beasts to cut up. I find it funny that you don’t have a mandoline already–LOVE mine! SUCH a time saver 😀

  11. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

    I am so jealous. Looking forward to reading about your studies for the next 8 weeks. I hope you are not too tired to blog every day!

  12. Deanna

    Those ravioli are beautiful, but I’m not sure I could wrap my mouth around enjoying raw beets. Hm… super duper earthy.

  13. thymebombe

    Looks like fun! HATE beets. Every time I see them I think “I know I hate these, but they’re so red and beautiful, I must have just had a bad one (x12),” and then I take a bite and instead of the luscious juicy red flavor my brain expects I get fruity rotten potato dishwater. Sigh. But your beet raviolis are so pretty I’d still have to try one!

  14. Simply Life

    wow, what an elegant and beautiful dish! Looks perfect for christmas!

  15. GirlonRaw

    Oh my Amber, I am going to love reading your posts!!! Oh it takes me back! Please say hi to Russell for me! Oh I miss everything about that place!!!

  16. Michelle

    Wow Chef Amber Shea 🙂 That dish looks awesome. Too funny about the carrots, but you’ll have them mastered before you know it. They would kick me out the door with my knife cutting skills, or lack of…ha Sounds like you had a great first day! BTW…you look cute in your snazzy chef’s coat. :o)

  17. kathleen

    hm. i love beet greens. hate beets. maybe i don’t make them right? awesome that you get to eat the food you make. i always wondered about that. there’s a le cordon bleu a few blocks from me. there’s windows so you can look in and i always see a ton of people in chefs outfits and a ton of cookies/pastries stacked everywhere and every time i go by i wonder if they get to eat those.

  18. Ela

    Oh, what fun! Is that kombucha on those top shelves?

    The chef coat looks very snazzy but uncomfortable (why is cheffing still a male world)? But it’s that knife case and those beautiful knives that I really covet! I’m such a knife-fiend. Hope you have a good sharpening steel in there too.

    I love my mandolin! I hope you come to love yours too. But beets really take on a whole new life when mandoline’d so very thin, so I hope you’ll come to enjoy it.

    How neat that you have such a small class too!


  19. healthyexposures

    Those ravioli are absolutely gorgeous!! I am sure you’ll get the carrots down soon – they are a pain to cut, so I can’t blame you there. At least your instructor isn’t rushing you guys through it or anything – that is the worst!

  20. Jacki

    Your ravioli looks fantastic. Russell converted my from hating beets to enjoying them; he is a magician.
    I’m enjoying memory lane also.

  21. stampylisa

    those ravioli’s look delish and beautiful too!! yum!!!

  22. Lori

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!!!! First day done!

  23. Ellen

    Ok, so I know how you feel being not so ‘on’ the net while at school because I have been absolutely without internet for the last almost two weeks! Either way, we are at a hotel that has free internet so I’m catching up on my email which means I’m catching up on your adventures. LOVE!!! I am so so excited for you and so jealous! Wish I could be there too… I love your new digs… truly not bad at all. This is such an amazing experience and I can’t wait to read more and that’s good because I have more emails to catch up on! Keep us posted!! 🙂