By: Sophie Rose Freemont Taylor
Book: Shadow of a Spout
Series: Teapot Collector Mysteries
Author: Amanda Cooper, aka Victoria Hamilton
Pub. Date: April 7th, 2015
I've always worked on my own. I worked my way through culinary school with a double in hospitality management and fine cuisine. I've bussed and waited tables, bartended a little, worked as a dishwasher, prep cook, and line cook. After school I worked my way up to sous chef, then owned and ran my own restaurant, all by the time I was twenty seven. I had a few stumbles on the way, but every time I just retreated a step, then worked back up.
So when my fail came, it was spectacular.
I'm under no illusions; I know I only got backers for my own restaurant, In Fashion, in New York city, because of who my father is, wealthy entrepreneur Andrew Samuel Taylor. But I wanted it badly enough and was willing to work my fingers to the bone to achieve and keep my restaurant.
Sometimes that's not enough. It wasn't in my case. My backers pulled out, not willing to make the adjustments necessary to allow In Fashion to continue, and I was locked out of my own bankrupt establishment, the staff let go, and everything to the walls auctioned to the restaurant supply buzzards.
I fled the city for Gracious Grove, New York, to Auntie Rose's Victorian Tea House, my Nana's tearoom. That's where I learned to love food and made my first batch of cookies, and where I grew up knowing what it was to be loved by my Nana, and my godmother, Laverne Hodge. Coming back after an absence of years while I tried to make it in the New York culinary world, I remembered not only why I love cooking, but what it feels like to be enough, just yourself, to be loved with a depth and softness I never got from my mom, who, though raised in that same atmosphere, has never figured out that she is - just herself, with no makeup or expensive clothes or jewels - enough.
But I remember now. I hope I never forget again. What about you? Has there ever been a time in your life when you forgot what it feels like to be loved? Love can come from many sources; spouse, lover, children, friends. How did you find your way back?
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