What started as a love affair with creating something beautiful through pastries and desserts has grown into so much more!
I have always enjoyed being creative with my hands and had an affinity for the arts - anything that involved drawing, painting, sculpture, music, and instruments. That is why I was drawn to this profession.
I grew up in the Philippines during the late 80's and during that time being a chef was not considered a professional career.
It wasn’t until after high school when I was introduced to a vocational school with a baking program that I realized how much I enjoyed learning about baking and it was also an outlet for me to be creative with my hands. I graduated from the baking program and joined a franchise baking company as a baker and moved my way up to regional manager.
While working as a regional manager, I decided to go back to school to further my education and pursue a career in international relations with the intention of getting a Ph.D. and applying for a job with the Department of Foreign Affairs. However, the reality of being a working student and supporting myself was a big challenge. So, after I got my bachelor’s degree in history from the University of the Philippines Diliman, I decided to pack my bags and explore the world. I traveled across the Middle East and landed a job in the pastry department of a restaurant in Doha, Qatar. I moved to Singapore two years later for a job as a general manager at a gourmet bakery and a year later accepted a job as a pastry chef instructor in one of
Singapore's pioneer baking schools.
Fast forward a bit, after working for 3660 On the Rise as a pastry chef for a few years,
I am now excited to bring the Beyond Pasty Studio to life and to our community.
No matter how much has changed in the years navigating through the twists and turns of life,
there are a few things that still stand true.
First - I believe that celebrating our talents by sharing them is important. When we share our gifts, skills, and knowledge,
we learn and grow tremendously, and the universe returns the generosity to us.
Second - Sometimes we mistakenly believe that our story doesn’t matter because we often compare it to others.
Today, I am rewriting my inner story. It has no glitz or glam, but I believe sharing it can be a path to truly owning it.
Third - I'm passionate about creating with my hands and grateful to be able to do what I love!
Thank you for dropping by and I would like to invite you to join our BEYOND PASTRY STUDIO community.
With lots of love and respect,
Cristina Mamuri - Nishioka