A this is written, ten master chef candidates are about to receive their mystery basket of ingredients for the first day of the master chef exam in Michigan. I was one of the chefs who expected to be receiving said mystery basket; however, my plans have changed... for now. The responsibilities that I have as the Executive Chef, Lead Sommelier, Catering and Sales Director, Head Purchasing Agent, Marketing, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Server, Bartender, Food Truck Catering Manager and overall OOO (Only Operating Officer) of Bistro Colorado are too many for any one person to try and execute while carving out time for practice on the mastery of eight different culinary disciplines, not to mention; closing the restaurant for 12 days to take the intense exam. The cost of the exam ($4,200 plus $1,500 for hotel and $1,500 for miscellaneous expenses) combined with the opportunity cost we would experience if we shut the restaurant down during my absence to take the test are a major factor in my decision to withdraw from the exam this year. I thank all of the supporters that wished me well as I planned to get into the arena and attempt to accomplish what only a handful of chefs have been able to achieve. So for now, I remain a Master Chef Candidate and hope to one day within the next year or two get myself to the exam that has been calling me for so long. Preparations will continue as time permits. I wish the candidates well and I'm confident that many of them will succeed this year.