Greetings! I'm Tommi, a 30+ something geek (games, comics, scifi etc) from a far away land called Finland and I used to work in the video game industry as an environment artist. After many years I just grew tired of the industry and it's ever growing demands, so I decided to retire and do something completely different. It took me a long time to figure out what I really wanted to do until one of my friends told me that she's going to be a chef, then something just clicked in my mind. After that everything became clear. I decided that I will apply to a local culinary school and become a pastry chef! My late father used to cook alot, so I learned to love food and even got the spark to cook from him. Cheers dad! He liked to cook all types of meat and he was mad about steaks etc. So am I but to be honest, desserts have always been closer to my heart. I love to bake pies, simple cakes, puddings etc. Besides desserts, my latest passion is bread which is a whole lot of fun! Back to the point! The applying process begins next year, so I have plenty of time to learn the basics and more on my own so that I can show the teachers how serious I am with this. I have already hoarded most of my mom's old cookbooks and ordered many new ones like The Art of French Baking by Ginette Mathiot and The Bread Baker's Apprentice. I'm thinking of ordering The Professional Pastry Chef too. So, um, yeah, that's me I think. Ask away if you have anything else you want to know about me, I'm happy to answer. I am looking forward to getting to know the community! Cheers!