I have loved baking and cooking since a child.
My dad was the cook in our house and a brilliant cook at that. He was always rustling up great meals – meat and two veg, corned beef hash, lasagne etc. He showed me how to make a variety of things – scones, corned beef pie, Christmas cakes, mince pies and homemade burgers – were just a few.
My Grandma Porteous was also a great baker – her apple pie and oat biscuits were to die for. She’d reminisce how I’d always ask for the biggest piece of apple pie “to save Grandad from getting too fat”!
My love of all things culinary stayed with me throughout school where I looked forward to Home Economics classes and bringing home my creations!
After school I decided I wanted to be a chef. Not a chef in a hotel or restaurant – but in the Army. I trained to get my fitness levels up and applied at the local Army Careers office. After many tests, I received the news that I had been accepted into the Royal Logistics Corps as a chef. To cut a long story short – I didn’t go into the Army and decided to go to college instead. I studied Hospitality and Catering for 2 years and then a further 2 years of Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management.
After college I had roles working in the kitchens of local restaurants and managed a bakery shop.
When kids came along circumstances changed and I started work in admin. I’ve pretty much worked in admin ever since.
My love of baking and cooking has never gone away and I have recently launched What’s Suzie Cooking? as a business and am building up my portfolio of bakes.
I have been awarded a Food Hygiene Rating of 5 (Very Good) by Northumberland Council. I have full product and public liability cover.