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“My favourite part of being a teacher is setting students on a way to achieve in a wonderful industry!”
Growing up in Nimbin, an idyllic part of NSW known for its rich hippy culture and alternative way of life, Warren had developed the ambition of becoming a chef since he was a teenager. Originally beginning as a chef 32 years ago, he edged his way into the pastry kitchen as a baker.
How did you start your career as a chef and then become a baker?
My first job was an apprentice chef at Cronulla in Sydney. Then I moved to Bilsons at Circular Quay in Sydney under the head chef of Peter Kurivata. It was there that I developed a love for pastry. I worked at Circular Quay for 3 years and mostly in the pastry kitchen.
What did you do before coming to Darwin?
Before I came to Darwin to be a teacher in ICAE, I owned various hospitality businesses. The first was a Wholesale cake business in Brisbane Qld, then I had bakeries in Nimbin NSW, Gold Coast Qld and Alstonville Northern NSW.
What attracted you to Darwin to become a teacher?
I want to be a teacher because I had teachers at my college that gave up their professional time to teach me and help me to achieve my dreams. It inspires me to do the same to share my passion and make a positive impact.
What do you enjoy most as a teacher?
My favourite part of being a teacher is that you can play an important role in students’ development and set them on a way to achieve in a wonderful industry.
What do you do in your free time?
During my free time, I like to play Lawn bowls and also go and explore what the Northern Territory has to offer.
Do you have any suggestions on what to do in Darwin?
There is plenty to do in Darwin. We have a great range of Markets and Historical features. I would recommend the War Museum and also the art gallery, especially the Cyclone Tracy exhibit. Spending a weekend out at Dundee is also something everyone should do as there has a lovely sunset.
Do you have any advice to students who would like to work as chefs or bakers?
1. You need to be passionate and committed.
2. You need to be prepared and want to travel the world learning your skill.
3. You need to work hard, be energetic and enthusiastic.
4. And last of all a desire to soak up all the knowledge chefs give you and open your eyes to other parts of the hospitality trade. Because to be a true Chef / Restaurateur you need to know and understand all the aspects of a restaurant.