Chloe didn’t want to follow the path of the other females in her family into a career in midwifery. Since learning to bake with her grandmother, she decided that her future lay in creating beautiful cakes, desserts, pastries and chocolates.
“I thought I want to do something with my life that I really enjoy. From a young age, my gran had me baking in the kitchen doing shortbreads and gateaux and it stemmed from there.I didn’t want to do a 9-5 job with paperwork, and I know hospitality is hectic with long hours, but that is what spurred me on to learn about cakes and patisserie.”
Chloe is now in her fifth year of study at New College Lanarkshire. Having left Lanark Grammar after fifth year, she has progressed through Bakery Silver, Bakery Gold, HNC Patisserie and HND Professional Cookery before commencing her degree in August 2016.
“New College Lanarkshire has given me loads of opportunities to boost my skills and knowledge within pastry. I did a two-week work placement in Spain and I worked and lived at Gleneagles for one week. These experiences allowed me to adapt to different working environments and learn about different cultures. That’s why I enjoy hospitality and pastry so much – you are always learning and engaging with new people, which makes it all the more fun. The courses have been challenging at every level that I’ve done. The lecturers are fantastic and they really help you through it.”
Chloe competed at ScotHot in March 2015 when she and fellow student Amy Brown earned silver medals in the Scottish Colleges Culinary Challenge. She is currently combining her studies with a work placement at Cocoa Black, an award-winning artisan chocolatier and patissier based in Peebles. In her spare time, meanwhile, she makes celebration cakes for family and friends. After graduating, Chloe plans to work in industry for high-end hotels to learn as much as she can from professional pastry chefs.
“I strive to let people see how amazing that you can make things. It’s about attention to detail, having the passion for it and wanting to keep up the trends and try new ideas out to see how creative you can be.”
“From a young age, my gran had me baking in the kitchen doing shortbreads and gateaux and it stemmed from there."