Moniker : Precious Kwon
Endeavor of Passion : Pastry Chef
NostalgiandCloth team put together a photo series to celebrate women that have shown an exceptional quality of work by following their passion. The project simply titled 12 On Passion, aimed at showcasing young Batswana women whom have gone against the grain by choosing to pursue their creative passion over their formal or educational training to excel in a field, which resonates with their hearts desire. They were chosen for the level of professionalism and outstanding workmanship in their work, which goes to show that passion goes a long way and is a big part of making exceptional work. We shall take a look at the personalities behind these women.
Stylist : Nollie Ngwira
Photography : kMoe Foto
Art Direction : T A N L U M E
Make Up Artist : Bojelo Marari
1.tell us a bit about yourself.
This question always makes me nervous because I am always looking for ways to be a better version of myself and in doing that, who I am today might not be who I will be three months. So I’m going to go ahead and tell you a bit about who I am right now. My name is Precious (this part hasn’t changed since I was born), I am a Seventh Day Adventist (this hasn’t changed since 2003). I’m a bit of an introvert, I enjoy the simple things in life. On my birthday this year, I decided to do something different, something that would challenge every bit of my being and so I signed up for a boxing class ☺. Every night before bedtime, I find something new and random (to me) to learn about, it could be about disease or how to make Moroccan yogurt. I’ll read about it or watch a video about for about 30 minutes to an hour.
- When and how did you start the Eccentrik Bakery.
When I came home in June 2014, I almost immediately threw myself into baking (it’s very therapeutic and I was going through some pretty uncomfortable things at the time). I’d bake for family and friends and in October I was contacted by someone from Botswana Ash after they’d seen a cake I had made for one of my nieces. They asked me if I’d be able to make 1000 cupcakes for their Christmas party. I took a while to confirm this order because I was overthinking a lot of things. The Eccentrik Bakery is a name that my friend Afina gave my bakery business sometime last year when we were on a Skype call after I had been telling her countless times that I’d give the business a name. She took matters into her own hands, and it’s been what is since then.
- Please tell us in detail the services provided by EB.
The Eccentrik Bakery is a cupcakery and a bath bakery. We make sweet baked goods; cupcakes, cookies, muffins, donuts and many more. We look forward to adding even more baked goods to the list of what we do. Schichttorte (20 layer German cake) is one of the things we’re excited about. The bath bakery side of things pretty much makes bath essentials, bath oils, massage oils, bath salts and a few other bits and bobs that make bath time delightful. I did not go to school for any of this, I love what I do and so I make it a point to learn as much as I can from experienced pastry chefs and cake decorators.
- Growing up was there any indication you’d be doing what you do now?
Nope! Not at all. For a long time when I was younger, I wanted to be a dentist because I had to see one a lot to have my teeth pulled out 😀 . Then from there I wanted to work in Marketing. I find that everything I wanted to be or do when I was younger was not really because I had any interest in it (except dentistry, having my teeth pulled out that many times made me want help children) it was mostly because of what we were conditioned to think from a young age. I remember when I was doing standard 3 and a nice lady from UNICEF visited our class one day and she happened to ask us what we wanted to be when we got older. Everyone wanted to be either a nurse, a doctor, a police officer, a teacher or a lawyer. Look at us now!!!
- What inspires you?
Honest, hardworking people inspire me. As far as my work goes, I find inspiration in anything and everything. Also, knowing that the only limitations I should worry about exist in my head is really empowering and inspiring.
- Where do you look for daily inspiration?
Everywhere really. My kitchen pantry, people, television shows, music, buildings, systems; all of it really.
7.what have been some of the challenges and triumphs along the way?
Accepting help has been one of my biggest challenges. It’s an uphill battle because I find it difficult to trust anyone with my work. So an order that could take 5 hours if I accept help ends up taking well over 14 hours because I insist on doing everything myself. I’m working on it ☺.
- Love is….
Described beautifully in 1 Corinthians 13: 4- 8. One doesn’t need to be a Christian to identify with this passage. Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not boast. It is not proud… Love is about being patient and kind to yourself first. Understanding that you cannot give what you do not have then taking it upon yourself to take care of you before trying to love anyone else. Once you have that, it should be organic and just flow seamlessly.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
The process of baking is very therapeutic, that is one of the first things I’d say I love about what I do. Baking allows me to be something different every time I get to decorate a cake. It may sound silly but just a few weeks ago when I was making my nephew’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cake, I laughed to myself because just by making that cake, I’d “been” a builder and a pizzaiolo 😂. This is because I had to replicate these elements of the cake and make them look so real, make them look like they’d been made by a pizzaiolo and a builder. Making bath essentials is absolutely freeing and it allows me to be creative, it allows me to merge two of my favourite things (food and skin care). I explore my kitchen pantry when I am baking and developing recipes, but making these organic bath essentials forces me to go deeper, to think and to be a bit more daring. Lastly, seeing the smiles on my clients faces when they get their products, that brings me so much joy, that tells me a lot about my work. I get to make people smile, I get to inject happiness into people’s days just by making them cake. I get to be part of their celebration and that is something special to me.
Other than your work, what else do you enjoy doing?
I love tea, a lot. I find making tea blends very fulfilling, finding ways to incorporate tea around my house and just having a nice cup of tea is really comforting. I enjoy watching documentaries (no specific genre here, I’ll watch them all 😊). I picked up boxing in May and I love it, it is freeing and it has helped me put a lot of things into perspective, so I appreciate that about it. It is not just beneficial for my physical fitness, it has been great for my mental fitness as well.