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.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

I'm An Apprentice!!!

How life can change in the blink of an eye!  On the day of my last blog post, I received a phone call from an "employment agency for apprentice chefs" place that I registered with ages ago, asking me if I was still looking for a pastry apprenticeship.  That was a Friday afternoon, I had an interview on Saturday morning, and I started my new job at 321 Patisserie ( in Argenton the following Monday, and then the Monday after that was my long-awaited first day at TAFE.

Even though I've been apprenticeship-hunting for almost a year, when it finally happened, it happened so suddenly I barely had time to think... we had to re-shuffle day care and find a second car ASAP.  Going straight into full-time work after four years at home with the kids was tiring to say the least, and I also had a cake to do during the first week.  But I got through it, and by half-way through the second week we'd found another car, which made life MUCH easier.

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