Follow me on my journey of becoming a pastry chef and my adventures that follow – the trials, tribulations and hopefully triumphs along the way.
Having completed a number of semi-professional and recreational courses at Ashburton Cookery School over the past few years and being inspired by both what the Cookery School has to offer and in particular, Colin Bennett, the main chef tutor on the week-long patisserie course which I attended in February 2015, I took the plunge in September 2016 and handed in my notice, having secured a place on the Diploma in Patisserie a year and a half previously, after I attended the Patisserie week at the School.
Taking the plunge was spurred on by an increasing dissatisfaction with my chosen career as well as the interest shown by the Great British Bake Off in my application during the initial stages of the process in early 2016. It was always about finding the right time to do so. Eventually it became ‘no time like the present’. So, with my two adult sons, Joshua and Noah engaged in their own lives in Aberdeen and Glasgow, respectively; my husband, Jo, our 11-year-old cross Labrador-Pointer (aka, my third son) and I upped sticks and moved to Liverton, Devon so that I could study for my Diploma in Patisserie. Six months and a lot of trials, tribulations and a few triumphs later, I am now a fully qualified pastry chef working as a chef at Lynwood & Co in Lechlade.
Bake by name, Baking by nature
As an aside, in case you are interested, when I am not practicing my pastry skills and cooking for family and friends, you are likely to find me knee deep in mud, taking myself outside of my comfort zone, training for or completing obstacle course races (OCR). My three passions in life are my family, food and OCR; the order is dependent on the priorities of the day. ‘I train and compete in OCR as a really love food’ – the perfect combination.