Heartsoul Desserts

The Heart and Soul of my Baking Journey coming alive

About Me

Meaning of “Charmaine”

In English the name Charmaine means ‘Joyful Song’.

Shining hair and skin so soft, eyes that twinkle with mischief and mystery, her radiant smile melts many a heart and finds her a friend of everyone, full of energy and vitality, she enjoys all that life bring her way…

Currently in Melbourne, qualified Pastry Chef and an IT graduate with strong skills in Project Planning and Events Management, working as a Chef for Peter Rowland Catering (and Major Events) and volunteers at Food Festival/Events and owns her own baking/desserts business ‘Heartsoul Desserts’.

Loves all things buttery and sweet, enjoys a great cup of coffee and company to match..

Academic History:

  • 2010-2011 – Certificate IV in Hospitality, Patisserie (William Angliss) Achievement: Placed 4th in the 2011 William Angliss ChocoVic Chocolate Competition
  • 2000-2002 – Bachelor of Business Systems (Monash University)
  • 1999 – South Australia Matriculation, Year 12 (Taylor’s University College, Kuala Lumpur)

Employment Experience:

  • March 2012 – Chef at the Australian Grand Prix (Peter Rowland Major Events)
  • March 2012 – Ticketing and Information (Cellar Door, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival)
  • February 2012-Present – Chef at Peter Rowland Catering
  • September 2011-April 2012 – Communications Coordinator, Short Courses (William Angliss Institute)
  • November 2011 – Chef at the Spring Racing Carnival (Peter Rowland Major Events)
  • October 2011 – Chef at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix (Peter Rowland Major Events)
  • February 2008-July 2011 – Administrative Assistant (St Anthony’s Glen Huntly)
  • March 2011 – Food Preparer at the Australian Grand Prix (Peter Rowland Major Events)
  • March 2011 – Usher and Ticketing Information (Melbourne Food and Wine Festival)
  • Oct 2010-Dec 2010 – Kitchen work (Cafe Claremont, Malvern – Note: same owners as Livingroom Restaurant & Cafe)
  • June 2010 – Front of House in the Celebrity Theatre (Good Food and Wine Show)
  • 2006-2009 – Residential Programs Coordinator (Monash Residential Services)
  • 2003-2005 – Admissions Officer (Monash Residential Services)
  • 2002-2003 – Information Services Officer (Monash Residential Services)
  • 1999-2000 – Operations Assistant (Vigorvest Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur)

Volunteering Opportunities:

  • July 2009-July 2011 – Kitchen Assistant at Tony’s Cafe, St Anthony’s Glen Huntly
  • June 2011 – Back of House Assistant in the Celebrity Theatre (Good Food & Wine Show)
  • March 2011 – Kitchen Demo Assistant at SBS Food Journey and Metlink Edible Garden (Melbourne Food and Wine Festival)
  • August 2010 – Back of House, assisting restaurant chefs (Pop Up Kitchen: Izakaya Den, Taste of Melbourne)
  • March 2010 – Ticketing and Information at the Cellar Door Event (Melbourne Food and Wine Festival)
  • February to July 2008 – Kitchen Hand (Best Chance Training)

Short Courses completed:

  • Food Safety – Supervisor (William Angliss Institute)
  • Food Safety – Level 1 (Monash University Short Courses centre)
  • Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)
  • How to start your own coffee/café shop (Homlesglen TAFE)
  • ABC of Espresso – basic coffee making skills (Coffee Academy, William Angliss)
  • Cake decorating for beginners (Holmesglen TAFE)
  • Cake making (William Angliss)
  • Classic French and Modern Gateaux and Tarts (William Angliss)
  • Introduction to Traditional French Pastries (William Angliss)
  • Food and Beverage Service Skills (William Angliss)
  • Event Management (Monash University Short Courses centre)
  • Writing for Business (Monash University Short Courses centre)
  • Senior First Aid – Level 2 (Parasol EMT, Monash University Staff Development)
  • Mental Health First Aid (Monash University Staff Development)

Other Technical Skills:

  • Working knowledge in event/project planning, accounting (reporting, receivables and payables), development and operational management
  • Sound knowledge of PC operating systems (WINDOWS 95, 98, 2000 and XP)
  • Advance skills in Microsoft Office 2000 Professional Packages (Access, Excel, Frontpage, Outlook, Powerpoint, Publisher and Word)
  • Advance skills in ADOBE packages (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator)
  • Strong understanding in HTML and an intermediate user of the Internet and its applications

4 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Kah Wai on said:

    Hi there, I found your blog when I’m researching about William Angliss and seems that you’ve completed some courses from there.

    I’m interested in continuing my studies there, however I can’t find much blog or information from the STUDENTS in the institute. Brochures and some other place will always say good things about the college and so on. It’s is always better to ask the students itself..in my opinion =)

    If you don’t mind, could you share your opinion about the institute?
    Thanks =)
    or should I email you about this actually?

  2. karina marrow on said:

    Hi Char,very impressive viewing indeed!Please could you let me know prices for Laila’s wedding bonboniere?The theme is Singapore Orchids/purple colour.She would be looking at 130 pieces approx.
    Thanks alot.xo

  3. Janet on said:

    Hey Charmaine! You make real food, I make miniature food ;D

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