Shona has been in the catering trade for many years, originally achieving an HND in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management, but gravitated towards kitchen work, which took her to kitchens of the Marine Hotel in North Berwick, the Crown Hotel in Scarborough and The Old England Hotel in Windermere. She then progressed to Head Chef at Nanny Brow Country House Hotel near Ambleside, and Le Lac Restaurant in Grasmere, both in the Lake District. Following that, she spent 5 years in the Almería region of Spain, supplying desserts to two restaurants and pursuing an already established interest in cake decoration. Once back in Scotland, she started to work from home (while also catering for 100 school pupils a day as a Cook-in-Charge in a primary school), and set up ‘Taystful’ two years ago making beautiful special occasion cakes and handmade chocolates.
Wanting to improve on her knowledge of chocolate, she has attended several courses at the Callebaut Chocolate Academy in Banbury, gaining as much experience as she could under the expert guidance of Master Chocolatier Keith Hurdman and Head of School Beverley Dunkley.
Now, fully self-employed, she continues to provide cakes and chocolates in and around Tayside. Her chocolate evenings and stalls for fayres have proven very popular in the area!