it all started when...
My love for food began with a secret spoonful of butter and sugar from my Yiayia (Grandmother) even though she was explicitly told by my mother not to give this to my siblings and I while she was cooking sweets. My love for food and its ability to bring people together was only reinforced by my Greek and Italian culture where I would find myself surrounded by endless rich flavoured dishes and syrupy sweets. Food brings joy to those who eat it and just like Julia Child said “people who love to eat are always the best people.”
Since I was young I was shown that quality ingredients and ‘love’ are what make exceptional food and I have continued this value within my own cooking ever since. It doesn’t matter if I’m cooking something simple or something difficult, I treat every dish the same.
I make everything from scratch and take pride in making homemade creations. Some of the best dishes I have ever eaten have been homemade and I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks this.
However, I haven’t always been a baker. I am a Social Worker by trade and spent many years studying and working with lots of different people from all walks of life. In those years I learned that life is short and that it’s important to do what you love and go after your dreams. So, I simply did that! I quit my job, removed any Plan B’s I may have thought of and became ‘the late night baker.’
The name ‘the late night baker’ came about when my partner saw me frequently baking sweet treats at night for my colleagues, upcoming birthdays, events and for family and friends. He took notice of this because he never got to taste much of what I was baking due to it always being given away. He did however, get to lick the bowl.
So, now I find myself doing what I love and loving what I do and wanting to share it with those who love to eat, because, after all “people who love to eat are always the best people.” And if you’re reading this, then I presume that you are someone who loves to eat!