It all started when...
I've always had an interest in food and knew from a young age that I wanted to be a Chef... I was born in Ireland and raised in Zimbabwe, which was amazing and I'm so grateful for the years spent in Africa. We returned to Ireland when I was 16 and that's when I began my apprenticeship at Maryborough Hotel in Douglas, Cork.
It was one of the best things I've ever done, the hours were all over the place, the pay was shockingly bad but I loved every minute of it. Gerry Allen the Executive Chef and Cathy McCarthy the Head Pastry Chef took me under their wings and gave me years of invaluable experience. I returned to Zimbabwe after qualifying as a Chef and spent just over a year working in the capital city, Harare.
My Father was diagnosed with Cancer in 2003 and sadly passed away in 2004, I returned to Ireland after he passed to stay with my Mom. It was from that moment that I started to take an interest in the connection between clean eating and the benefits it has on our body.
I worked in various hotels and restaurants in Cork City and Kinsale, Co. Cork before moving to Melbourne for a year in 2010/2011 and then moved back to Ireland to live in Dublin.
In 2013 I found myself working in a good job, but not reaching anywhere near my full potential, so I decided to set up a little business as a hobby focusing on foods I was truly passionate about. I saw a huge gap in the market for clean versions of popular desserts and treats so Rawbite was born out of my home kitchen. I kept it as a hobby producing treats for a few cafes locally in Dublin and selling to curious friends and family.
Then in May 2014 I decided to try put more time into Rawbite with the end goal of growing it into something more than just a hobby. I emailed Avoca telling them about myself and what I wanted to do with Rawbite and that September I took up a part time position with them as a Pastry Chef in their Malahide Castle restaurant. I loved every moment working with Avoca, the food they produce and all the chefs they work with are second to none. Their Malahide Castle Head Chef, Greg Molloy, asked me to make a few products as a special one day and they sold unbelievably well so I sent a few samples to Avoca head office, and from that I began producing a range of raw treats for all the Avoca shops and cafes throughout Ireland. By Christmas of that year I was working full time for Avoca producing only my raw treats for all of their shops and cafes.
I put my dream of growing my own business aside and worked full time with Avoca for a year. Then in August 2015 I took a leap of faith and rented my own kitchen to give Sarah's Rawbites a go full time. Resigning from Avoca was daunting, they could easily have told me where to go and never have given me a second thought, but thankfully they kept me on as a supplier. They have given me so much help and advice since going out on my own, I owe them more than they realise!
So here I am now, working for myself, learning new things every day, still making mistakes but loving every second of it!
Thanks for reading!