#MyHustle: Bunmi Adebiyi Discovers Her Love for Cooking
Hi there. Another Monday, another episode of #MyHustle. This week, Bunmi Adebiyi talks to us on how she discovered her talent for cooking having come from a family of caterers and restaurant owners. We guess it’s only natural for that gene to have passed on to her. Sit back, have a cup of your favourite drink in hand as you enjoy Bunmi’s revelation on her discovery. Enjoy.
Tell us a bit about your background and what prepared you for your career.
I come from a family of cooks/caterers/restaurants owners and baking business. I started cooking at the age of 9/10 and I’ve always enjoyed it. I think watching people eat my food brought me a lot of joy and I dwelled on that till I started baking pastries for sale and that pretty much gave me some courage.
When did you know it was the right time to go into your business?
I did not know per se that it was the right time, I’d started while I was in Cyprus and it was so easy because my pastries stood out and my friends always enjoyed my food and looked forward to when I’d cook. When I got back to Nigeria, I got scared because of competition and the large market so I pretty much stuck to baking and decorating and that’s what I’ve been doing since and just other pastries as well as baguettes. There’s been no “right time.”
How did you grow in the business?
My aunt in Sweden taught me virtually and then I figured other things on my own. In the cake aspect though, my dad and aunty have had such a great impact on me seeing as they’re bakers.
What’s your typical work day and work week like?
Cake orders rarely come on the weekdays but on the weekends, there could possibly be about 2-3 cakes but it’s not a consistent thing though
Your biggest challenges in your business right now?
Funding and myself
Is it intimidating to have come from such family and wonder if you’re just as good as they are?
Oh it’s never intimidating. I noticed they do it one way but I watch and learn and implement. It’s not intimidating especially because I know that when I’m ready to learn something and do it, I learn really fast and end up doing it a WHOLE lot better. I have a skill that I utilise and I have the grace of God and God Himself on my side always. It’s grace.
If you were handed a blank cheque, what would you do? How much would you need?
Grab it with both hands and a wide smile. I’ll need about 10 million to set up and get started
Are you happy in your business?
What would you tell anyone hoping to get into your business?
Just do the thing and don’t look back. Don’t be afraid to take risks and don’t be afraid to fall. If you fall, stand up and keep trying till you’ve made progress. The sky is big enough for everyone to soar, you included. Open your eyes and do the damn thing!
Do you specialise in baking or cooking and which one do you love more?
Both, I love cooking more
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