Marion Learning Scholarship winner - Baking her way to success

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City Limits Magazine October 2014 This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 46 - October 2014.

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While most people like to indulge themselves with a treat like chocolate cake or caramel slice, Jude Ruta wants to turn her love of sweet things into a baking business.

Jude, of Park Holme, has realised that baking is also one of her strengths, and at the age of 44 is now pursuing her passion.

As the winner of this year’s Marion Learning Scholarship she will receive $1000 towards study costs for a Certificate 3 in Patisserie at TAFE.

“Winning the Marion Learning Scholarship will help me develop new skills and enhance those I already have. I’d love to learn all aspects of baking. I’ve got cakes down pat, so want to learn to make pastries, profiteroles and all those beautiful things,” Jude said.

“The grant will take off the pressure financially and move me one step closer to achieving my dream of starting my own business, which could be home-based or a shop-front.

City Limits - Oct 14 - Issue 46 - Baking her way to success“I’ve been a stay-at-home mum of three children for the past 10 years and supported my husband with his aluminium fabrication and laser engraving businesses, so now that the kids are at school, it’s time for me.”

Jude began focusing on baking two years ago, investing in cookbooks and attempting something new each week including biscuits, cakes or slices.

“I like the sense of achievement at the end of baking and find it very relaxing and soothing. I get into a zone by putting on music like Kasey Chambers or The Waifs, and I just go ahead and cook,” she said.

“I like making cupcakes the most – when I do the taste test I give myself a pat on the back. Caramel mudcake would be my favourite.”

Jude looks forward to gaining the skills and knowledge needed to start her own baking business.

“I’d love to be able to offer high tea, which tends to be served at exclusive hotels for special occasions, but I’d like to provide something that’s more accessible and affordable,” Jude said.

“I’d like to start with baked and pastry goods and work up to making high teas once I’ve made a name for myself.

“When you find something you love, you’re going to achieve so much more. You just need to give yourself time to find that passion. Everything happens in its own time for a reason. It’s never too late to start, and you’re never too old to follow your passion.”

The Marion Learning Scholarship is an annual $1000 grant to help Marion residents achieve their ambitions through a learning activity. It is funded by City of Marion and Skills for All, and supports a variety of activities, including TAFE, university and vocational courses.


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