Tuesday, 25 February 2020


Who knows where baking a carrot cake may lead to

Who knows where baking a carrot cake may lead to

Caleb Carter was last year a student at Mercury Bay Area School. During the holidays he helped to make pizzas at Luke’s Kitchen in Kuaotunu. This year he decided to take some time out and while he tried to figure out what to do with his life, he worked at Whitianga café, The French Fig. One of his first jobs at the café was to bake a carrot cake from a recipe owner, Erin Coats gave him. According to Erin a man came in, bought a slice of Caleb’s cake, bought a second slice and then asked if he could meet the “baker of the cake.”

As it turned out, the man was well-connected and the next moment Caleb had an offer to join the team at renowned Auckland restaurant, Baduzzi as apprentice chef. Caleb is now working at Baduzzi and will start his apprenticeship next month. All going to plan, he’ll be a fully qualified chef in a few years - and the world will be his oyster. And it all happened because he baked a carrot cake. Pictured is Caleb (left) with Baduzzi head chef Glenn File in the restuarant’s kitchen.


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