Monday, September 28, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Climate Change Coordinator

Last mention of the UN internship, I was preparing for the impending interview. Hours after the interview, I was offered the position of Climate Change Coordinator for the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA)!

My first day on the job was quite an overwhelming experience. It is a very demanding and fast-paced environment. This is the very challenged I have needed.

On any given moment, it is normal to listen to persons communicating in ten different languages and about subjects in which I have such acute interest. It is exciting to have almost full access to UN meetings and conferences, and the persons whom I meet are fascinating and knowledgeable characters. One day, I was asked to hand-deliver a letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon--when I arrived at his office, however, I only got as far as his guard at the reception desk.

I survived the first two weeks, and now (after considerable research) I feel that I have an adequate handle on the subject and the direction in which the office needs to be headed regarding climate change.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Day After...

So...there's an ice pack on my swollen eyes. We worked for 15 hours on the menu below.

I got up today, rewarmed some of last night's menu (gourmet left-overs are just some of the perks to being a culinary arts student), ate, and went right back to bed!

It was a wonderful, demanding experience--I was literally shaking a good portion of the time. I will be ready to do this again in maybe 2 years. (hehe)

First Time as a Line Chef!

We cooked for 100 guests.
The menu:

Parsley GeleƩ with Chilled Tomato Water

Winter Squash Tasting

Farro, Beet Tartar, Herbs,
Bitter and Tender Greens, Lime Curry,
Roated garlic sauce

Saffron Pears, Rosemary Infused Ice Cream,
Molasses Cookie Dust