, 2022-10-09 12:03:43,
Did you always want to be a baker/entrepreneur?
I always knew I wanted to do something creative. I got really into food when I went vegetarian when I was around 15. When I went vegan at age 18 I knew I wanted to start a food business. I saw a gap in the market as the vegan options available in 2014 were very lacking. I was working in a café in Dublin and used to make all their vegan goodies, and the owner Stephen of Tang suggested I begin wholesaling to other cafes. He was really the one who got me started on my journey and I’m very grateful. It grew Oh Happy Treats very organically for a couple of years when I was just baking from my family kitchen and doing farmers’ markets, a few wholesale orders and selling through social media.
In college, I studied… international commerce in UCD, but I dropped out on a whim on the first day of second year and went solo travelling in Asia and Australia. I’ve never had such a strong gut feeling that I wasn’t supposed to be somewhere, and looking back it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made – it shaped me into the person I am today.
My most formative work experience was… I got a lot of hospitality experience working for Stephen in Yogism and Tang. He sat down with me when I started my business and helped me plan my costs. He also gave me feedback on our first wholesale products, how to approach cafes and what to charge.
My first real job was… I had an office job when I was 18, and absolutely dreaded work…
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