After the tour we were outfitted with chef jackets and chef paper hats. It was a lot of fun so we took a couple of pictures of me kissing Jon and entitling them "Kiss the cook." It was fun to go into the class and hear everyone call the chef instructor chef. Lots of "yes Chef!" Jonathan looked great in the chef jacket. I think that he looked like Jacques Pepin's red head grandchild. I tell everyone now that he is but no one knows who he is but I was raised on PBS and did not have cable until I was 27 so I do.
When I changed into my dress for the dinner I had to walk past a table and I happened to walk past Jacques Torres. I was happy enough to walk past him and I asked the Maitre d to confirm if it was in fact Jacques Torres. The Maitre d knew that I was at the French Culinary institute and that it was my birthday. During our fantastic dinner it was so great that Jacques Torres sang "Happy Birthday" to me. It was pretty amazing. I was on the phone trying to firm up after dinner plans when I had to drop the phone when I realized who was singing to me! I was in food geek heaven! The Maitre d helped make my night and I have to thank her very much.