Amy initially worked in the family engineering business, treating her cooking creations as a hobby to contribute to the Friday morning tea breaks. At the suggestion of the employees, amazed at the quality of Amy's innovations, Amy trialled an apprenticeship with Mornington Peninsula local identity Bernard Ricca. This proved to be the catalyst that threw Amy into her calling.
Anyone around or on the Peninsula would have had a beautiful meal at one of Ricca's restaurant iterations. Ricca has developed a cult following around the region, with restaurants Ricca's in Mt Martha, Ricca's at Balnarring, and now the Regardz Restaurant at the Stumpy Gully Winery's Zanvoort Estate in Moorooduc. Amy has been no small part been part of the successful development of these businesses since being involved in 2007. Amy and Bernard present a diverse modern Australian style with Asian, Italian and French influences, continually refreshing and renewing the menu to present new ideas, influence, and modern trends. A friendly rivalry developed between the pair as they developed ideas and refined concepts to better their offerings. As part of the restaurant and catering field, Amy further developed her skills in cake creations - often fashioning the prize course of the evening, much to Bernard's feigned disgust - to complement the parties hosted by and catered by Ricca and Amy.
An Excelling Apprentice
In the second year of apprenticeship, Amy transferred to the Certificate III Course in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) at William Angliss TAFE's Culinary Academy. The professional cookery and patisserie course complemented her training under Bernard, and exposed her to new ideas. In the graduating year, Amy was awarded the Dux of the Class for the Certificated III cohort, her name placed on the honour board in the halls of the college.
Macarons by Amy -
A Popular Market Staple
As Amy's skills developed, she wanted to create the beginnings of her own business. Captured by the beauty and versatility of macarons, Amy hit the markets of the Mornington Peninsula with a bang in her stall. Creating a rainbow variety of colours and plethora of fabulous flavours to match, Amy quickly developed her own independent reputation as a purveyor of sweet treats. Her macarons became the mainstay of many a host's party, her cakes in demand for engagement parties, weddings, and birthdays. Many loyal customers sought out Amy's stall at the various markets around the Peninsula, including the Emu Plains (Earning a full write-up as one of the main attractions), Mornington, and Red Hill markets.
Amy's Fine Food
In the new iteration of her business, Amy has expanded her service from the Mornington Peninsula to West and South Gippsland, and beyond. Already serving requests from Gippsland for both her speciality cakes and catering, Amy is looking to set up a permanent base around Leongatha, with frequent visits to the Mornington Peninsula to continue to supply her follower base there with macaron goodness. For more information on engaging Amy's services, click on the 'Ordering from Amy' tab on the left.