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and White Chocolate Pistachio
When Bonin moved to Lancaster
she began what she describes as
a "long and frustrating process" to
find her niche in a new country and
a new culture, including learning a
new language.
"In a new country, you feel
completely lost," Bonin said. "I
learned English in school, but when
you don't practice a language, you
lose it."
That's when a friend told her about
The Literacy Council of LancasterLebanon. Bonin spent the next
four years taking an English class
with her instructor (now friend)
Jane Myers who also helped Bonin
through the process of becoming
a citizen. "It was very emotional for
me," Bonin explained with tears
in her eyes. "When you become
a citizen, you decide this is your
In addition to her citizenship test,
Bonin had another test to take
- her ServSafe Food Protection
Manager Certification Examination.
It sounds like a straightforward
process - you study the materials,
pass your test and you are certified
to provide food services through
your business. But when you're still
new to the language and culinary
standards of your culture, a simple
ServSafe Certification becomes a
much bigger mountain to climb.
Thankfully, Bonin once again had
help from her friend Jane who made
sure Bonin had all of the knowledge
she needed to successfully pass the
"In France, it's different. In France, we
cook the pork for a long time and
the chicken for a short time. But here
it is the other way around. Here you
cook the chicken for a long time and
the pork for less time!" Bonin said
with a laugh.
Since she launched Sylvie's Recipes
six years ago, Bonin has taught

more than 400 students the art of
French Cooking. "One of my students
started when he was 12, and now he's
in culinary school!" she said.
When it comes to finding your place
in a new country and culture, Bonin
recommends the following: "You
need to participate in full in your
country. Learn to speak the language

and respect the culture. Learning the
language helps you become more
integrated and find a job."
And for the rest of us: "It takes bravery
to face the unknown. Everybody can
bring something. You just need to
listen." LT

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