Hi, I have visited Chef Talk many times looking for answers to my questions and just now decided to join. I have decorated cake for 24 years and love to make desserts and pastries for fun. Recently an upscale restaurant opened in our small town and they needed a pastry chef. The General Manager really likes my cheesecake, so they hired me to just make desserts. I am loving it!! Some weeks I work more than others it just depends what is going on. That works for me because I also homeschool my kids. I am looking forward to reading more on the forum and learning from you guys who have been to pastry school or done this for many years.