This year my career journey has been a rollercoaster and has included thoughts of real estate, volunteering abroad, horticulture and property development. Only to end up back at the original idea I had more than 15 years ago. My latest thought is to be a Pastry Chef.
I have always loved food. I love to eat and I love to cook, particularly sweet things. I have been inspired during my life by the amazing women in my family who could captivate a room with their cooking ability.
My Nonna was a whiz in the kitchen. I experienced wonderful home grown, homemade Italian food. We didn’t really do dessert; some biscotti, crostoli, zeppole and cannoli that was about it, but that was enough. I have inherited from my nonna the art of being quick in life and in the kitchen. I’m always in a hurry to get things done so I can move on to the next task. I can still hear her sometimes in her own creative English language Quicka! Quicka!
My Australian grandma was the queen of sponge cakes, powder puffs and potent trifles, a treasure of the local Country Women’s Association. She passed over 20 years ago, but people still speak of her glorious cakes and desserts today. I still recall her afternoon teas and suppers with a smile. The development of my sweet tooth started at her house.
And then there is my mum, she is perfection in the kitchen. Everything has to be made precisely and cooked and presented beautifully. Everything is made with love and care. I wish I had some of her patience.
Recently I wrote about An interview that could change my life. I heard back and I was accepted. I start my Hospitality Patisserie Course next week. I have enrolled fulltime, but I’m trying to be a little smart about it and have enquired about part time, so I can work a bit more on the side. Living on love will not pay the bills or any upcoming travel adventures.
It’s a little scary how things can happen so quickly. I think I am on the right track with Patisserie. Although I haven’t decided whether this is something I am doing to feed my passions or whether I will make a career out of it one day. I have been asked by many people what I will do when I finish the course, I honestly don’t know and I’m okay with that.
Life is an adventure and I’m just rolling with it.