Cookies have always been a part of my life, always a reward or a treat as a child there was nothing like a cookie. Usually it was a toss up of the oreo, always a challenge to figure out what new way to eat it, or mom’s fresh baked chocolate chips. Really it didn’t matter they both are great and over the years I don’t think I have met anyone that hasn’t enjoyed some type of cookie. Beside its tastiness it provokes memories and good times. But a few years ago while hanging out with a bunch of fellow chefs I truly learned how valuable a cookie can be.
While in an airport one day with a group of chefs going on a trip of culinary exploration, one of our friends approached the gate with a box of cookies. We were all excited thinking he brought them to share with us, but this was not the case as he let us know. He proceeded to approach the attendant at the gate. He graciously explained how he was a chef and would like to share these cookies with her. She agreed and in the chat with her he managed to get his ticket bumped to a first class seat while we all sat in coach. Behold the power of the cookie!
Since that day I have found that cookies will open a lot of doors in getting things you want. Since everyone loves cookies and explaining that I am a pastry chef to them I have achieved to obtain things and favors from many a person. For example, currently for the past five years my neighbor has mowed and trimmed my lawn as it is needed all for the mighty cookie, I bake for them in exchange for him and his family, definetly a winning situation. I have also used them on friends, family, staff, and purveyors. Not always for an immediate payoff, but also to bank credits for a favor later in life. And since I am one to share I have imparted this knowledge to staff that has worked for me and have seen what wonders they have gotten , my personal favorite story was of two of my former staff members celebrating a birthday at a gentlemans club bringing along a box of cookies. Hmmmm.? Anyway I never look at a cookie as a piece of food, but as much much more. Could it be the new currency?