The French Pastry School: What was your background previous to pastry, and what led you to pursue a pastry education?
Katie Veile: I have a BA in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business from Lindewood University, where I was also a student athlete. After graduation I spent my time in Retail Management. I was an avid baker and always dreamed of pursuing a career in pastry. I finally decided to not let my current student loans stand in the way of my dreams. I took a leap of faith and fell in love with The French Pastry School.
FPS: What has been the most surprising or eye-opening moment for you so far in the program?
KV: I honestly loved everything about the program. Every day was new and exciting. I was happy to be learning and my chef instructors were phenomenal. The program was everything I imagined it to be but I wish the program was a few weeks longer.
FPS: What are your plans following graduation?
KV: I am seeing where pastry takes me. I'm new to this journey and it has all been really exciting so far. I have an unbelievable internship opportunity and will be pursing it come August.
FPS: Where do you see yourself in five years? Where do you hope to be?
KV: In five years I hope to have my own cake studio. If not, then I hope to continue to be challenged and learn all I can about pastry.
FPS: In the future, what will you look back on and remember most vividly about your time as a student at The French Pastry School?
KV: The French Pastry School really set the foundation to my career in pastry and for that I am forever grateful. I will look back with happy memories of being in the kitchen learning with talented peers and chef mentors. I hope to never lose the drive and to remember practice, practice, practice!