“The one thing that never stops me from doing what I want to do in life is my heart and soul.”
What’s this blog about? The name seems to explain it all but there’s so much more to it..
I’m Riya Patel, the tiny, shy girl behind Le Tiny Whisk. I am 23 years old and currently live in Melbourne.
I graduated from Sophia College For Women back in Mumbai, India and majored in Journalism but then discovered my passion for baking and wanted to become a trained pastry chef. I completed 6 months at Le Cordon Bleu and now continuing my Diploma Of Hospitality-Patisserie at William Angliss Institute.
Don’t ask me how my love for food began. It wasn’t too long ago that I wanted to become a lawyer and then realized that it was not my cup of tea and took up mass media.
Through this course, my love for food kept growing stronger every day.
I do not come from a family that has a culinary or hospitality background but both my mother and grandmothers are fabulous cooks and I will choose their food over any day. They inspire me and are my constant trainers.
When my mum used to cook, I would always be her official ‘taster’ giving her my little comments on what the food was like!
The first day I entered the kitchen for real was a few years ago when I got myself out of the hostel and decided to stay on my own. It was here that I slowly started experimenting with ingredients and would cook for my friends and family now and then. But I’ve found a greater passion for baking. It has opened up my creativity and it comes very naturally to me.
My biggest weakness is CHOCOLATE. I think I could make any dessert using just chocolate! Yes, I love my desserts way too much and could end up having it for every meal. I clearly remember baking my very first chocolate cake when I was six with grandma and never knew I would want to turn this passion into a career.
Food and I have an on-going relationship since god knows when. Everybody knows how passionate I am about food and I stress on it being extremely good. I am a perfectionist and I think it is very important to be one especially in this industry. For me, everything has to be right and look good on a plate. I generally like following the minimalist approach.
My most favourite chefs are Heston Blumenthal, Anna Polyviou , Christy Tania, Pierre Herme, Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver, Kirsten Tibballs , Kay Lene Tan, Lauren Eldridge, Reynold Poernomo, Zacharias Thomas, Adriano Zumbo, Janice Wong, Girish Nayak, Heena Punwani, Rachelle Andrade and Sanjana Patel in no particular order.
I simply enjoy trying out new dishes, eating at classy restaurants as well as the pocket friendly ones, experimenting with food in my kitchen and keeping track of the latest food trends.
I also love to sing, play the piano, crazy about fitness and travel the world to discover good, local produce.
Le Tiny Whisk is my space where I want to share my stories and also inspire fellow bakers to go chase their dreams. It revolves around my tiny silver whisk that I use to bake every single treat you see. I love to play around with flavours and experiment with new ingredients. My dream is to open out a cafe+dessert bar, focussing on local ingredients with fresh, robust flavours. Bringing a touch of Mangalore(my mum’s hometown) to the dishes.
PS: I can’t find a single Mangy restaurant in Melbourne and it truly breaks my heart.
Hope you can follow me on this crazy culinary journey of mine!
Please do give me your feedback on all of the posts you read and your critical feedback is always welcomed.
I would also really appreciate if you let me know how the recipes have turned out.
So for now, Happy Baking and Happier Eating =D