Home made treats from Orkney
Peedie Chocs & Desserts was set up in 2013, by 23 year old Orcadian Sarah-Louise Drever. Born and brought up in Kirkwall, after attending Kirkwall Grammar School, Sarah-Louise studied at Orkney College for a year before heading off to Aberdeen College for another two years, where she was the second youngest student in Scotland to achieve the Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery.
As Sarah-Louise herself says “I'm self-taught in pastry and just used books to train myself. I made it to the final of “Dessert Chef of the Year” in 2015 which I entered with a twist on the classic Orkney fudge cheesecake. It was a truly amazing experience.
Sarah-Louise’s first chef mentor was Alan Craigie who owned the highly-regarded Creel Restaurant in St. Margarets Hope, Orkney. “He is an amazing chef and I am so thankful for everything he's done for me”, says Sarah-Louise.
She has been traveling for last two years and has stayed in London and Norway, but she has now moved back home to Orkney to focus on Peedie Chocs & Desserts, which she started three years ago whist working at the Kirkwall Hotel.
“I started up the Facebook page so everyone could keep up to date with my work. I really enjoy my pastry work - it's very hard but it's so rewarding. I've cooked for some celebs when I was an agency pastry chef in London, and my truffles have reached people in New York!”
“I've always loved cooking and started my hospitality career in my grandads local chip van the “Peedie Chippie”. I wanted my business to be named after him and the van hence Peedie Chocs & Desserts”.
Peedie Chocs & Desserts has been a slow process - doing testers, seeing how well they are received - and it’s been great fun! Now to go into the big world and get them out there.