The Girl behind the Gourmet

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My name is Julie George and I am passionate about food…cooking it, creating recipes, designing cakes and sugar art, offering all types of catering, events and specialty cakes in the beautiful city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

COOKING HISTORY…

I never wanted to cook, nor did I enjoy it until I turned 40….go figure.  The urge to learn hit after watching some Gordon Ramsey cooking shows, so after buying some of his recipe books I set out to become the new Julia Childs….didn’t quite nail that status but I wasn’t too bad at this cooking thing.

At the time I was a designer by profession so only got to cook for dinner parties on occasion, but then three years ago I got an opportunity to move to a new city and go into the coffee shop business.  My creative juices flowing, I had the opportunity to create new recipes and experiment with different dishes and found myself loving my job.  A year later the coffee shop closed due to unforeseen circumstances and I found myself job hunting.   In this current climate it was not an easy task, but all along I had a vision of wanting to do mobile food and decided to go for it.  I designed my cute little pink tuk tuk and I was off and away launching Gourmet Girl.  It’s been an amazing journey so far – only a year – but I’ve loved it, it’s challenging, extremely hard work and very long hours but all so worth the sense of satisfaction at the end of the day with happy and full customers.

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CAKE HISTORY…

About the same time I became interested in cooking, I did a cake decorating course.  I fell madly in love with the creativity of it and pursued it as a part time occupation.  I have done specialty cakes for the past 7 years and a year ago merged my cake business into Gourmet Girl.  I love the creative outlet and the joy on people’s faces when they see their cakes.  The wedding cakes are very stressful however – check out my blog post on Cake Chaos – but so worth the results.

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So that’s me in a nutshell, custom catering, events, cakes = in my element.

Comments

  1. What an exciting and amazing journey you’ve been on with your business! It just goes to show that you’re never too old to find your passion 🙂

    1. Ah thanks so much! No never too old. I think we appreciate it more when we are a wee bit mature 🙂

  2. I love to cook. Wish I had more time for Nigella magic. Pleased to meet you!

    1. hehe love Nigella! Nice to meet you too Shelley. Thanks for reading

  3. Wow — your story sounds amazing. It’s weird how one’s personality or your interests evolves as you grow older. As my mom would say “you go through different seasons in life”. I love the tuk tuk image. All the best with your journey.

    1. Thanks so much Melissa. Yes we most definitely have seasons in our lives 🙂

  4. Luke India says:

    You enjoy making the treats and I enjoy eating it – lol.

    Nice to see read how you have combined your love for food into your own business and blogging about it too.

    1. Thank you Luke 🙂

  5. Chantal says:

    Oh wow Julie – so nice to have a bit more insight into the business! I’m so excited for Food Truck Friday…;) And I LOVE the beetle cake! My mom is 70 at the end of the month….let’s chat!

    1. Thanks doll! Yes we will chat on Tuesday and can’t wait to hear all your news and new adventures x

  6. Gwen says:

    Just found this little treasure Jules. Lovely to read xx

    1. Ah thanks Gwenny means a lot coming from you xxx

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