By Meicy Chicote – a quirky, creative and passionate person who loves to inspire others through beautiful creations in the form of food, art or design.
What’s number 1 on your list of things you are passionate about?
I am passionate about art, food and culture. As a child I would draw my favourite characters from newspaper comic strips. I dreamt of travelling to Europe and experiencing different art and culture. The most interesting aspect of art is how individuals depict the artwork. Art can radiate the essence of beauty, movement of language, create emotion and inspiration. It influences our behaviour, our culture and empowers us to express our imagination or artistic skills to be appreciated by others. My new found love for baking has all my passions blended into one. It is a way for me to express my creativity and design cakes that represent myself.
When did you first get into baking?
I started baking as a way to bond with my little cousins. I channel my inspiration from creatively designed cakes and flavour. When I discover a new flavour or a cake that I love, I have to make it! I enjoy the challenge of creating and personalising my favourite desserts. Some desserts can be too sweet or I would prefer it made in a different way. I find recipes restrict my imagination and so are simply used for my inspiration.
What is your favourite dessert?
Salted Caramel cake. Sweet but with a twist.
What is the biggest baking challenge you’ve achieved so far?
The biggest challenge that I have achieved is creating cakes that are delicious yet healthy. Our society is health conscious and many unfortunately are allergic to dairy or gluten. I have successfully made cakes for friends that meet their dietary needs. I enjoy the challenge of finding ingredients to substitute sugar and create the healthier version of any flavoured cakes. Never be afraid to experiment and fail. I have learnt many techniques in baking through failed attempts.
What’s the next baking challenge you have in line?
I am inspired to create a business venture and collaborate with talented individuals. I visited Perth earlier this year and my friend introduced me to a small business owner. The owner has built a point of difference – a niche market – that sets the brand apart from other coffee and cake shops. I have yet to discover my market and signature cakes.
What is your Truth And Dare challenge for others to take on?
SO… I dare SO readers to take a one week challenge of NOT eating refined sugar. Before taking the challenge, take a picture of what you eat, record your emotions and describe your physique. I have taken this challenge and amazed with what I have discovered about sugar.