Cake is just one of those things that universally makes the world a happier place. In light of National Cake Day on 26 November, we sat down with our Executive Pastry Chef, Paula Johnson to learn about her journey in the patisserie industry:
How did you become a pastry chef?
“I don’t remember ever wanting to be anything else! As a young girl, I would spend hours looking at cake pictures in my mom’s recipe books and ended up completing my Chef’s Diploma in England, after which I worked my way up the ranks.”
What is your favourite thing about your job?
“I love the satisfaction of sending out plates of beautifully crafted desserts and seeing the guest’s “ooh and aah” reactions. I also have an incredibly special place in my heart for all the trainees that come under my tutelage.”
What is your best creation?
“I’ve made some good wedding cakes, however, I think my best creation is my Christmas gingerbread house. It’s not as easy as it looks, trust me! My first attempt was a dog’s breakfast, but every year it gets better.”
What inspires you?
“Flavours and good quality ingredients inspire me. There’s nothing worse than eating a piece of cake that looks amazing but tastes poor!”
Do you have any advice for aspiring pastry chefs?
“Be a purist. There is no room for short-cuts in pastry… Do things the right way from beginning to end and this attention to detail will be evident in the final product.”
Paula’s advice to Pepperclub’s guests this National Cake Day? Life is short! Eat the cake….
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