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Tamami (Coco&Me) Chef Profile
Coco&Me is a Saturday-only chocolates & cakes stall at Broadway Market, in Hackney, East London. Run by a thirty-three year old Japanese, mother of two.
A little bit more about me:
I am Tamami, a thirty-three year old Japanese, been living in London since the age of six. I originally trained as a Graphic designer & worked in that field for six years. The change of career started forming itself in Spring 2003, when I left work, & was stuck at home with a pregnant stomach that craved for anything/ everything chocolate & refined sugar (!). Since my figure was going side-ways anyhow, I gave in to this evil craving, big time… Which then evolved into the Passion (with a capital P) for making them myself. I would make truffles & handmade fondant filled bonbons for my girlfriends as gifts. Eventually, as I became quite good at it, I started to tell them of my far-distant (day)dream of owning a shop ‘one day’…
One winter day in 2004, my girlfriend A changed my life. She would also like to own a shop, with me!! - I tell you, I was ecstatic. Finally, I had an outlet for my creations…! (other than it ending up in my stomach all the time). We decided we’d see how we do as a non-commital stall holder, which was the best course of action, as eventually my dearest friend decided that she would like to stick to her design work afterall. It was a sad departure, but I am forever grateful of the chance she gave me to realise my dream. Without her initial participation, I would never have plucked up the confidence to actually do it.
Right now, I am very happy with the Saturday-only stall setup. The current lifestyle makes absolute sense, as I can then still look after my toddlers most of the week! Although…, the only problem is that I find each day too short for all the things I want to do… But one thing for sure, the possibilities lying before me are what motivates me to work hard - I mean, any wonderful thing could happen, right?
Come & visit me!
For directions to get to Broadway Market, please go to their website on www.broadwaymarket.co.uk.
Or check out my blog on www.cocoandme.com
Books, books, books! I think I have over 100 dessert-related books...
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