Autumn South

2022 - Culinary Legacy - Valerie Soon Scholarship

Scholarship Awarded: Culinary Legacy – Valerie Soon

Sponsor: Valerie Soon Scholarship Fund

Since my grade 10 year of high school, I worked in my school’s culinary arts class. By grade 12, I became the head baker and made all the decisions in our bakery. Throughout my time in the program, I have learned so much about baking; from preppy for large groups, to making tiramisu, and perfecting the macaron. Although these tasks intimidated me in the beginning, I can confidently say that I now feel very skilled and knowledgeable about the field.

I am particularly passionate about giving back to those less fortunate than me and using my passion for baking to bring others happiness when they need it most. Some of my favorite days in the kitchen were the ones leading up to a charity bake sale, or a holiday dinner.

I want to thank all of the amazing sponsors for this very generous culinary arts scholarship, I am incredibly grateful. A career in culinary arts has always been my dream. Until recently that’s all it’s been, just a dream. But in spite of all the challenges life has recently thrown at me, my dream is starting to become a reality. And it wouldn’t be possible without amazing opportunities like this. So thank you for believing in my dreams as much as I do. I can’t wait to see where they will take me!