27 November 2014

HUGE changes for Sugar Push

Since returning from my whirlwind overseas adventure, things have been quiet around here.

Very quiet.

Of course behind the scenes I've been running around like a chook with its head cut off! It has been nearly 2 months since I landed back in Australia and I have barely stopped.

Airports are my second home. Flights are the only time I get a break!

Priority #1 has been looking for the best opportunity for progressing my career. I originally began searching for something local - patisseries, cake stores, chocolate stores. Alas, there aren't a huge amount of opportunities available in little old Adelaide.

I began contemplating the option of attempting to operate Sugar Push full time, but decided it wasn't financially viable at this point in time. This brought me to my final conclusion: when all else fails, take a risk on your dream job.

I have been following & admiring SWEETNESS The Patisserie for the majority of this year, and regarded it as a workplace I would love to be part of in the future once I had more experience with confectionery.

An introduction on LinkedIn later, I was discussing with founder Gena Karpf the possibility of making my dream a reality far sooner than expected. A Skype meeting & 3 day work trial (in Sydney) later, it's official: I have been offered and accepted a full time Chef position with SWEETNESS The Patisserie.

So what does this mean for myself & Sugar Push?

1. I am moving interstate to Sydney this weekend.
2. Sugar Push will no longer be operated as a business. No products will be sold.
3. Sugar Push will however, continue in the form of this blog.

I am still not 100% sure on what exact direction this blog will take, however it will be mostly cake related. Cake decorating will still be my hobby and I plan to keep it up and share my creations with you all via this platform. The blog will not relate to my work at SWEETNESS, or any confectionery that the Patisserie produces.

I am so very excited to continue sharing with you all where my career, and this blog, is heading!


15 November 2014

Dreams can change without you realising

Good grief, it's been a while since I updated this blog. This website has closely followed my adventures as I chased my dreams to Toronto to help myself become the best cake decorator I could be, but recently things have changed a little.

During my 4 month course whenever a teacher would ask us what our dream job was, I replied with cake decorator without hesitation every time. There was nothing else on my radar, I had found my passion.

And then I came home.

I'd imagined that I would jump straight back into cakes, throw myself into building a business plan and organising my life so that I could sustain my dream & get along financially. However, I found myself being hesitant and unsure. I made excuses as to why I couldn't make cakes for people... My insurance had expired, I wasn't sure if I'd missed the annual council inspection of my kitchen, I hadn't worked out a pricing structure yet. The list went on.

I made one cake and while I still definitely enjoyed it, I didn't feel the same passion I had before. Talk about a shock to my system!

A week later I woke up craving toffee. I found myself back in the kitchen with my candy thermometer, attempting to temper chocolate without a marble slab (fail!), cooking toffee on the stove and... I felt what I'd been missing in my last cake.

"Buttercrunch" Toffee, chocolate & macadamia nuts

Suddenly I was no longer reading cake blogs learning about new decorating techniques, I was reading up on the science of sugar, I wasn't browsing my large library of cake decorating books but pulling out my Adriano Zumbo book I'd never even read before. Instead of looking in kitchen stores for new decorating tools, I was searching everywhere for a marble pastry slab.

Instead of baking cakes, I've been whipping up toffees & marshmallows, and practising my macaron skills.

Not perfect yet, but getting closer!

Of course, having a new dream does not mean you have to forget the old ones. I will never give up cakes entirely as I still love them dearly. I guess it's just time to branch out a bit more and look at new opportunities that I hadn't considered before I graduated from Bonnie Gordon College.

A friend recently said to me "same river, different stream" and I feel like that's pretty accurate.

I am very excited about the future, finding my next adventure, and being able to share it with you!


PS. We also recently passed the 2000 'likes' milestone on Facebook and I am just so grateful for everyone who has stuck by me and supported me during my journey so far! Thank you!


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