Terra Sancta College student Adriano Zumbo's new employee

Kitchen dream: Olivia Cochrane will study hospitality next year while working weekends at one of Adriano Zumbo’s patisseries. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Kitchen dream: Olivia Cochrane will study hospitality next year while working weekends at one of Adriano Zumbo’s patisseries. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Olivia Cochrane will have her just desserts after she impressed while on work experience at macaroon king Adriano Zumbo’s Balmain patisserie.

The year 10 student at Terra Sancta College, Schofields, has been invited to do paid work at the patisserie during the school holidays, and to apply for a traineeship to work personally with the celebrity chef when she graduates year 12.

It is only the second time a student has been offered a paid job at the patisserie.

Olivia, 16, spent a week in August making and filling macaroons, cakes and zonuts — a cross between a doughnut and a croissant.

‘‘We would make 10,000 macaroons a day, 5000 of each flavour,’’ she said.

‘‘It was fun because you got to meet different people and the head chefs were so experienced.

‘‘It was very different to school working in that environment.

‘‘I get to go back in the holidays and on Saturdays to work.’’

Olivia had to submit a resume and 300 word statement to explain why she wanted to work at Zumbo’s patisserie. She was awake at 6am for the commute each day.

The keen baker also won two prizes for her cakes at this year’s Hawkesbury Show and hopes to make the hobby her profession.

Olivia said the experience was labor intensive, but fun.

‘‘You’d stand for three and a half hours, then you’d have lunch, then you’d do another three and a half hours,’’ she said.

‘‘There was a big commute involved. I’d leave at 6.30 in the morning to get there and wouldn’t get home until 6.30 at night. It was really fun.''

Olivia said the work experience students were  given a box of different flavoured macaroons so they could try what they had  made through the week.

‘‘My favourite is probably finger bun, because it’s got coconut and strawberry, or the toasted marshmallow.

‘‘We had to toast all the marshmallows one by one.

‘‘We had to toast all the marshmallows one by one.

‘‘I’d ask question to know more about the industry while I was there, not just stand off to the side. I was really willing to give everything a go.’’

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