By Sebastiaan Hoogewerf

Trip to Beijing



When i recently was invited for a job interview and cookoff in Beijing,i couldnt wait to have a look there,as i always wanted to work in Asia.

When i arrived there it still looked great and like my expectations.

After being  introduced to the pastrykitchen and staff where i supposed to do my pastry presentation,i got allready my first doubts about working in China.

First of all there was no single staff who could speak a little english,and i mean no english at all!!

Then when i asked to see my requested ingredients,i found out that the half was missing and the other half from cheap local produce was,great start!!

Luckelly i brought a suitcase full of own equipment and that was a very smart idea after i saw what they worked with there.


After a sigarette and a strong coffee,i had my mind cleared and went fullspeed for mice en place as i couldnt loose any time,as i had to improvise on my planned dishes a lot!

After working 1,5 half day under these poor curcomstances it was time for my presentation en they clearly were amazed as i got a 5 min long applause!











Eventhough they were so happy with my presenation/tasting for me the idea to work there was allready shattered on the first day.

The experience sounds negative but,it was for myself a really good one,as i could see what i’m made off when i work under such time stress and poor circumstances.

I was pleased with my product what i after a lot of improvising had produced and thats all what counts for me,cause your product is something what people remember for a long time.

I was so happy to find out how good i have it here in Dubai and couldnt wait for coming back “home”!

At least i grabbed the chanche and i found it out myself how it was,so that later on i will never regret or doubt my choises.

Next stop Thailand!

Cant wait for Bangkok and Phuket,

posting will follow soon!

Best regards S.


7 responses

  1. chrisbliss

    Great Products and pictures Master! Looks really cool; can you now prepare this at the next Wedding, 1000 pax? Superior post, relax now in Thailand!


    July 5, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    • pastrynetwork

      Thanks a lot!!

      Hahah,yea 1000 pax plated ladieswedding no problem,ahum,hahhah!
      Going in a bit to airport and cannot wait to see bkk and phuket!
      Having a good chillout and then fresh back ready for action in MJ.

      Regards Sebastiaan

      July 5, 2009 at 3:27 pm

  2. Ravi

    absolutely brilliant,i used to work for jumeriah beach pastry kitchen for 4 yrs, now in down under,great creation ,doesnt happen here like tht here,miss those days.
    you re too good.believe me.

    August 2, 2009 at 11:47 am

    • pastrynetwork

      Thanks Ravi,
      i appreciate your comment a lot!
      have a good one there down under!!
      Cheers mate


      August 2, 2009 at 8:29 pm

  3. Zusje

    He Broertje,

    Ziet er echt geweldig allemaal! Hele mooie foto’s! Ook klasse wat je hebt kunnen presenteren in China onder die erbarmelijke omstandigheden! Jammer dat dat niet was wat je er van verwachte, maar ben wel blij dat we je nu kunnen opzoeken in September!! Ik zal je even mailen over data etc.

    Dikke kus!

    August 4, 2009 at 8:03 am

  4. Dieter

    Aardige prestatie ouwe…. Beetje de hardcore variant van het gepolijste wedstrijd-koken.

    Groetjes… Kiwi-wangetje.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    • pastrynetwork

      He Dieter,super tof dat je me zo gevonden hebt,haha!
      Ja was cker n leuke trip om zo ff voor n job interview naar China gevlogen te worden.Was helaas niet echt iets voor mij,maar mijn ding komt wel.
      Ben momenteel super druk hierzo tussen de kamelen!!
      Hoe is t daarzo,wat doe jij nu ?
      Spreek je Co en Hidde nog wel s?
      Groeten OOr,haha

      October 20, 2009 at 6:31 pm

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