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, July 29, 2010

Catching Up

Whoa, what happened to July???  I blinked and almost missed it!  Unfornately blogging is something I find it hard to get back into once I get out of the habit.  I'm three cakes and a few other bits and pieces behind... I did another Playboy Bunny similar to the one I did last year in late June, then two more cakes (both at fairly short notice) in early July got my business off to a good start.  I have another three coming up next week too, so if I don't catch up soon, I probably never will!

So, what else has been happening?  I've finally enrolled at TAFE to start Retail Baking this semester, however Fate has intervened yet again... I was supposed to start this week, but the bakery classroom renovations still aren't finished and my classes have been delayed until late August.  Grrr...

Then there was MasterChef... congratulations Adam, but more interesting than the competition itself for me were the amazing creations from Adriano Zumbo.  The V8 Cake in particular captured my attention like no other... I spent hours poring over the recipe, and if I knew where to get all the fancy specialist ingredients from, I wouldn't hesitate to give it a try!  And not only that, but in the same week that I decided to crown Adriano Zumbo my culinary hero, I found out that he's going to be at the Hunter Valley Gardens Chocolate Festival next month... I'm stoked beyond belief to have booked a place in a Master Class with the patissier extraodinaire.  I'm counting down the days with great anticipation... 10 to go!

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