Newcastle, NSW, Australia
I’m a former industrial chemist, and after deciding on a career change while at home with my two young children, I’m now a qualified pastry chef. In 2009 I started taking some classes in cake decorating and other pastry-related cookery, and taught myself many more decorating techniques from books and internet resources. In 2010 I started a pastry apprenticeship, studying Retail Baking (Cake & Pastry) Certificate III at TAFE, which I completed with Distinction in 2012. I completed my apprenticeship in December 2013, and am now working as a full time Pastry chef and Cake Decorator at 'Exquisite Cakes by Lennert' in Cessnock, NSW.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Ouch!

Last night was the last session of my final class for the year, but unfortunately I didn't make it.  I've had a long-running problem with an infection in the nail bed of my right big toe that flatly refused to heal, and I ended up having to have the nail pulled out.  That spelled the end of any further snow globe attempts, not to mention that I didn't even start decorating the cake that the snowglobe, if I'd managed to make a decent one, would have been put on.

A bit of a disappointing end to the year... I never got around to trying the patchwork again either, so I guess I did end up throwing my hands in the air and writing off the rest of the course.  But on the plus side, course information for next term is up on the Hunter Community College web site, and I'm doing another four classes in February and March.  I don't have any cake jobs on at the moment either (which isn't a bad thing with my toe still being a tad sore), so I'm looking at spending some time working on flower making.  First job is to refine my rose technique, then I'll probably practise making the lilies and frangipanis that we did in the last class.

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