hi pbld! I wish I could give you better or more specific advice, but I am not really that knowledgeable. I would choose the finest cooking school your daughter can afford. That will help get her into a good pastry place for apprenticeship and give her the best chance of the career she's after. It's a very, very tough business in terms of hours and labor, but incredibly rewarding for someone with a passion.
Rebecca, I put the recipe in the forum section. I hope you enjoy this pie. It's so simple, but very delicious and full of plum flavor.