Sweet Dreams: For the Love of Cooking and Baking

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SWEET DREAMS BY SARA
Sara Ryan was always interested in cooking and baking. From a young age she made cakes and desserts for family and friends. Following her Leaving Certificate she did a catering course in the local Institute of Technology and three years later qualified with a Degree in Culinary Arts. She moved to Dublin where she got a job as an assistant chef in a top city centre restaurant. She impressed the head chef with her technical skills and positive attitude. Sara loved experimenting with ingredients and impressed the restaurant’s head chef with her exciting dessert recipes. She was quickly promoted to head pastry chef, with full responsibility for the dessert menu in the restaurant. After four years working in Dublin she decided to move home. She got a job as the head chef in a local restaurant. As head chef she had responsibility for setting the menus, ordering in ingredients, negotiating prices with suppliers and managing two assistant chefs. She really enjoyed the decision-making power of being head chef. However, this restaurant only opened between the months of March and October. During the winter months Sara kept busy. She enrolled on a web design course so that she could upskill herself. She supported herself by baking cakes for birthdays, weddings, christenings and other occasions for friends and neighbours. When the local town council started a farmers’ market on Saturday mornings Sara rented a stall where she sold a selection of baked goods. Her produce was hugely popular and she often sold everything within a few hours. Sara is considering asking the restaurant owner for the use of the restaurant premises for the following winter. She has prepared a Business Plan and has decided this is feasible. Her aim is to run a café from the premises during the day and use the kitchen to bake the “special occasion” cakes in the evening. Sara believes that running a café during the winter months is a viable...
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