A WOMAN with a passion for baking is living her dream after ditching a legal career to run her own business.
Since quitting her job in the City last summer, Chloe Coker has gone on to launch a baking business, completed a catering diploma, won a top student award and written her first book.
Chloe, who is 30 and lives in Bottom Lane, Bisbrooke, never expected to achieve so much so quickly.
She said: “I have had an absolutely fantastic 12 months.
“This time last year I was resigning from my job and had no idea how things would turn out, but it was been brilliant.
“I have been baking ever since I was a little girl and big enough to climb into a chair to reach the kitchen worktops. My grandma and parents were all keen cooks so I learned a lot from them.
“I had been working for an American law firm but wanted a change of lifestyle and the chance to do something I am passionate about.”
The idea started when Chloe was asked to bake a wedding cake for a university friend.
Thanks to word of mouth she got a few more orders and was soon working on cake orders most weekends as well as working full time during the week.
Chloe finally quit her law job last summer to launch her business and signed up to a professional catering diploma at Leith’s, learning everything from boiling an egg to fine dining. She won an award there for being the best wine student.
She said: “The course has a really good reputation and everything about my cooking has improved.
“There is a lot of theory to learn which helps you understand why things happen, which is particular useful when things go wrong as you know how to fix it.
“It has been a really busy time but it is definitely worthwhile.”
Chloe splits her time between London and Rutland. As well as baking and decorating cakes she teaches classes in London and privately in people’s homes. It is through her teaching that she was approached to write a book.
Super-cute Cookies will be published next month.
Chloe said: “Cookies have become a really popular alternative to cupcakes, which were a big hit a couple of years ago , so I hope the book will be popular with people who would like to learn how to make their own.”
The book is published by CICO Books. It costs £14.99 and will be available from www.cicobooks.co.uk