By Lauren Crosby Medlicott, Insider on January 10, 2023
When I was 21 years old, studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, I found out I was pregnant. It was a total surprise. Even though I loved kids, I wasn’t sure I would ever have ones of my own. My dream was to become a touring background singer, and a child just didn’t fit into that lifestyle.
When I knew my little girl was growing inside me, I had this gut feeling I was meant to be her mom, even if it meant a change of plans.
Soon after my daughter was born, her father and I split up, and I had to think about what career path I could go down that was child-friendly. Cooking was something I had always been obsessed with, and I’d seen a lot of chefs whose kids had grown up in their bakeries and restaurants. I decided that once she was a little older, I would go to culinary school to combine my love of cooking and family.
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