By Beatrice Alexander
As a 17-year-old girl, most people look shocked when I tell them about my catering business. I started Bea’s Pantry for fun when I was 14, and the more I got into it, the more seriously I took it.
The question I get from most people is, “Why do you cook?”
I cook to create something for people (myself included) to enjoy. The kitchen is like a playground for chefs. For some, poetry or reading can provide an escape from reality. For chefs, the ingredients are our words, the kitchen is our paper, and the result of our work is poetic. Cooking for optimal results pushes many outside their comfort zones – the challenge is to do better every time. I often blast music, get in my zone, and take a step away from today’s overwhelmingly fast-moving society.
While there are many different art forms, the culinary arts are among my favorites. In addition to being relaxing, creating a well-prepared dish requires all one’s senses – sight, smell, touch, hearing, and, of course, for those who consume your artistic creations, taste.
Beatrice Alexander was an intern at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven during the summer of 2012.