MY BLUE TEA CHEF PROFILE
Catherine had been a qualified nurse for 27 years before she decided to drop everything and follow the call of her heart - she became a pattiserie chef!
Now Catherine lives and works in Melbourne as a pastry chef. Follow her Facebook page Cat´s Bakery Creations and get that saliva flowing! Catherine spends a good part of her time on baking for charity, so while you may not get to order her lovely creations from her Facebook, she is always open to charity opportunities and sharing beautiful food with people is something to feed one's soul as well.
Daring to Change…for a Sweeter Future
Every chef we meet has got an amazing story to share. It is never just about someone who likes food or likes to cook. We have heard so many inspiring stories of how each chef got to where they are now. These have been inspiring food for thought and for My Blue Tea, being connected to culinary experts from all over the world is is also a wonderful motivation to keep doing what we do. These are all people who trusted in their vision to share amazing, healthy food with others and we get such a thrill when chefs experiment with our superfoods and beautiful dishes emerge as a result of this marriage between their skills and our ingredients!
So here's food for thought:
What does one do after spending 27 years in a qualified profession and finding that this is really not making one jump out of bed every morning?
Chef Catherine took the plunge and dared to change. And she is certainly not looking back. Her change has led to a far sweeter future that is making her love every single minute of her life.
Out of her Comfort Zone
Catherine had been a qualified nurse for 27 years before she decided to drop everything and follow the call of her heart - she became a pattiserie chef! Talk about leaving one's comfort zone! Her passion drove her to bake any chance she got - she taught herself from recipe books, YouTube and just rolling up her sleeves and getting her hands deep into her ingredients.
In 2015, Catherine took one step further. Learning on her own was no longer enough. To take her dream towards reality, she decided to train as a professional pastry chef in Melbourne. She successfully completed her Certificate 3 and Certificate 4 in a patisserie course and she received her Diploma in Hospitality Management course in 2017.
Making that scary change was the best thing Catherine did for herself, and we are glad she did it as we can now all enjoy her delicious creations! As in any art, all artists strive to grow and improve. Catherine is moving into exploring healthy baking with natural ingredients. My Blue Tea loves collaborating with chefs from all backgrounds who share our passion in healthy eating that is also exciting! Catherine has created several new recipes using My Blue Tea's superfoods ingredients.
Now Catherine lives and works in Melbourne as a pastry chef. Follow her Facebook page Cat's Bakery Creations and get that saliva flowing! Catherine spends a good part of her time on baking for charity, so while you may not get to order her lovely creations from her Facebook, she is always open to charity opportunities and sharing beautiful food with people is something to feed one's soul as well.
If you are inspired by Catherine´s self-made pastry chef career path, why not try out some of her beautiful recipes yourself?
Read here for a recipe using My Blue Tea's Blue Butterfly Pea Powder and Red Roselle Powder - Butterfly Pea and Roselle Yoghurt (the most power packed healthy breakfast you can have). And perhaps after this, you may also be inspired to relook at your career and ponder how you can make your future sweeter!
Weathering the Toughest Storm
Reading someone else's success story sometimes gives one the misleading idea that it was all smooth sailing. Jackie has weathered many storms of her own.
Jackie has spent many years raising awareness for people with Down Syndrome and to give support to other families who are going through the same journey as herself and Noah, her son. When Jackie closed her restaurant so she could look after Noah, she planned to continue selling her food at the street markets. By that stage, Noah had been discharged from ICU and was accompanying Jackie on all her markets and festivals.
Jackie M Tang with son, Noah
This created a huge storm that she did not expect. The presence of Noah at her stalls and markets was something some people found uncomfortable. From their very first day together, Jackie has had to face disapproval, criticisms and even attempts to have Noah removed from the markets. Jackie has been through huge waves but seeing her son through his long period of illness and never-ending surgeries were her toughest and to have no support at the end of it to help her manage her career and look after Noah was one that nearly knocked the wind out of her sails.
Finally, after 14 years of working at markets, Jackie decided the emotional stress of this was not worth staying on for, and after two and a half years of enduring judgement instead of offering solutions, Jackie pulled out and focused instead on creating online food content. And what a fine move that turned out to be. Jackie is definitely not looking back.
Her step into the digital culinary sphere has helped her business to expand exponentially. What felt like something she was pushed to do, has turned out to be a saving grace.
Baby Noah had a traumatic and complex medical history and the first 217 days of his life was spent battling for it through illnesses and surgeries with several medical teams looking after him. Christmas 2012 was Noah's first beautiful Christmas at home. He was stable and ready to embrace his new life at home with Jackie.
Jackie has no qualms about sharing her recipes with others - that is what she has been doing through her career, sharing authentic food worldwide. This is her way of ensuring these precious traditions can endure through the generations.
World-famous chef notwithstanding, Jackie is still a simple Seremban girl at heart who enjoys the simple happiness of cooking and sharing homecooked food with loved ones, and to welcome new friends across cultures.