THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A few months ago, when Marina Charles, a Bangalore-based culinary expert, thought of starting a coaching centre for cake baking in the capital, she wasn’t confident about getting sufficient takers.
But today, Marina is happy, for she has groomed dozens of bakers who shares a passion for the culinary art.
“I started with just two students at my husband’s house at Kumarapuram. The number of students increased after each class and later I shifted to this place,” Marina said sitting at her rented apartment on the Museum-Nanthancode road.
“Cake baking is fun, but to become a good baker it requires patience and indulgence,” she says.
Marina conducts classes on the second Saturday and the following Sunday of a month. The classes are offered in three modules - preliminary, intermediary and advanced. While the first module covers cup cakes, sponge cakes and the like, the second module includes classes on Black Forest, pineapple pastry etc. The third module is for serious learners, Marina says, which covers exotic delicacies such as ‘Death by Chocolate’ or ‘Devil’s Food Cake’. Besides hands on experience, the participants are given recipes after each session. Word of mouth publicity helped her a lot, said Marina who haven’t yet given any print or TV ad on the centre. “The only ad I gave was on a website run by a group of techies. Fortunately, I got a lot of students from Technopark,” Marina said. “Working women form a major chunk of the students. This month, a couple of school students too joined for the classes,” she added.
Marina who has not had any formal education in cookery says her mentor was her mother.
“Cooking was a passion for my mom and her parents. Mom initiated me into the world of baking and cooking,” she said. Marina’s husband is Biju Charles, a content writer with a Bangalore-based company. Contact Marina @ 09379398865.