Passionate chef excited about new challenge

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A surprise encounter has led to Pen-y-bryn Lodge hiring their first chef after she walked up to their door two weeks ago.

Pen-y-bryn Lodge co-owners James Glucksman and James Boussy welcomed their new chef Ashley Baty to the team last Wednesday.

Miss Baty, originally from Hawke’s Bay, had previously worked at The Hermitage in Mt Cook and Fleur’s Place in Moeraki.

She had been in Oamaru a few weeks ago looking for work and walked up to Pen-y-bryn at an ideal time.

Mr Glucksman said they had not been looking for a chef but he had been so busy that when she walked up to the door looking for work he had agreed to give her a trial.

“She got me at a weak moment.”

When she came to cook them a trial dinner they were absolutely blown away by the meal, he said.

“She has a particular passion for dessert.”

Having her here really helped Mr Glucksman who had been doing all the cooking on his own, Mr Boussy said.

“It helps James so he doesn’t have to work so hard in the kitchen.”

Miss Baty said she is currently living in Herbert and has enjoyed her first few days working at Pen-y-bryn Lodge.

“It is going to open a lot of doors for me.”

She was hoping to get back into competitions with the help of Mr Glucksman, she said.

The chef had been in the career for five years but it was not something she had always wanted to do, Miss Baty said.

“I can’t say it was something I have wanted to do since I was a little kid but I couldn’t imagine anything different now.”

By RUBY HARFIELD