My love for baking started with a love for eating desserts. My childhood was filled with sweet memories of family trips to the ice-cream parlour for sundaes on Sundays, buying freshly baked bread and donuts from the neighbourhood bakery, and ordering cheesecakes and brownies whenever we ate at Western restaurants. My first experience baking is also one of my fondest childhood memories — making chocolate chip cookies with my Mom using my Grandmother’s antique oven. Till today, the smells from my oven wafting through my home bring much joy, comfort and well-being to me.
As a teenager, I remember teaching myself how to bake more seriously through cookbooks (YouTube wasn’t invented yet!) and experimented with whatever I could bake out of a cheap countertop oven. My passion for baking grew and grew, culminating in my enrolment in professional pastry school at the Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver, Canada. After graduating top of the class with a Professional Diploma in Pastry and Bread in 2011, I went on to work at the city’s best patisserie ‘Thierry’ under award-winning French Chef Thierry Busset, whom Chef Gordon Ramsay calls “one of the finest pastry chefs in the world.”
Upon coming back to Singapore, I wanted to combine my working experience as a TV presenter and event host with my new-found knowledge in food to become a food presenter and host for food-related events. I count it my blessing to have interviewed Michelin-starred Chefs while hosting cooking demos and culinary competitions. I also hosted my own cooking series ‘Homemade by Mag’ on Food For Life TV before creating Whisk & Fold – a baking channel featuring my tried-and-tasted recipes and now a bakeshop featuring my handmade creations. Through it all, I hope to share the same joy and comfort that I find from baking and eating desserts with you!