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.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

and a Happy New Year!

I know it's a week late, but Happy New Year anyway! I've spent most of 2010-so-far working on giving my kitchen a top-to-bottom intensive cleaning job. I launched my cake decorating business page on Facebook in November, and while I still don't have any orders confirmed, I've had quite a few enquiries. I want my kitchen sparkling by the time the orders come!

Meanwhile, I've also been doing some planning for the Newcastle Show. I haven't actually sent away my entry form yet, but I've decided to enter and have settled on designs for all three Novice Icing & Decorating categories: Wedding Cake, Single Tier Celebration Cake, and Novelty Cake. Unfortunately Cupid's shuts down over the Christmas/New Year period, which I didn't know until I went to the web site to make a shopping list the week after Christmas. They open again on Monday, and I'm counting down the days!

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