A little short of two decades, I have been a chef, a baker and a pastry chef instructor. I have had the opportunity to live and work in some of the most remote and adventurous places in the world. Food, flavours and smells have always excited, intrigued and captivated me. I have spent my life chasing after the perfect flavours, freshness of ingredients, exotic spices and herbs and the power of my imagination has kept me searching and creating.
In the past couple of years, my hobbies and other interests have come into full light. The very things I enjoy about food and cooking have now interwoven with a different medium of art, soap making. I began to learn the characteristics of the oils, how they behave and their abilities to moisturize, nourish and benefit the body. Researching essential oils and their aromatic uniqueness, therapeutic qualities of calmness, uplifting or re-energizing, I began to realize there are more similarities in cooking and soap making, more interchangeable skills in what I have been doing, and what I was beginning to love doing so much.
The very things I respect and love about cooking now began to show through in my soap making. Creating and researching new recipes, developing aromatic combinations, the additions of clays, salts and natural extracts, the steeping of herbs and flowers are all important in the making of cold-process soap. I realized my steps each day have only slightly changed, I am still weighing and mixing diligently, pouring and cutting with precision and waiting with great patience for the end product to present itself to me and satisfy my expectations.
More than anything, as a chef, the happiness you feel when you see someone enjoying what you have made, makes everything worth while. I think, more than anything else, that has kept me creating over and over again. The personal satisfaction of making something beautiful, something someone will enjoy so intimately, eating or bathing, something that will change another persons day and make it better, now this is the best part of it all.