Date: 2018-11-30 14:43:15

Born in Colombia, Maria fuses both rich flavours of her hometown in Bogota, and here in Australia. During her childhood Maria recalls big family barbecues, sweet deserts, and favourite meals prepared by her mother and grandmother; introducing a world of warmth and exquisite flavours. During her free time Maria enjoys reading, diving, and is a frequent traveller. She prides herself on being a creative thinker; constantly thinking of different ways to approach a problem. In Colombia, Maria studied law for four years, earning her law degree and to eventually become a lawyer. As time passed, Maria looked into a different career path to take a break, and find something she was passionate about; pastry. To further pursue her career as a chef, Maria moved to Australia in 2016. When she first arrived she described being anxious, however Maria now calls Canberra her home. She currently studies a certificate four at the Canberra Institute of Technology with hopes to open her own pastry business.