Follow me on my journey as a qualified pastry chef and professional home baker and my adventures along the way
Having completed a number of semi-professional and recreational courses at Ashburton Cookery School over a few years and being inspired by both what the Cookery School has to offer and in particular, 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 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 adventures later, I am now a fully qualified pastry chef running a baking business from home.
Bake by name, Baking by nature
As an aside, in case you are interested, when I am not practicing my pastry and home baking skills and cooking for family and friends, you are likely to find training or taking part in a range of sporting activities: running, cycling, paddle boarding and obstacle course racing. My three passions in life are my family, food and sport; the order is dependent on the priorities of the day. ‘I train and compete in sporting events as a really love food’ – the perfect combination.