Growing up, Kiana Ferreira always thought she wanted to be a doctor, but that all changed last year as she fell in love with baking.
For as long as she can remember, Kiana said she’s been cooking with her uncle and the good memories are close to her heart.
Last July, Kiana challenged herself to learn to cook professionally by enrolling in an online baking and pastry course with Sinoet’s Cakes, Cuisine and Catering.
Kiana, 11, told Newsday Kids, “I wanted to be a doctor, but as I get into baking, I want to be a chef.”
When Newsday Kids caught up with Kiana on Thursday, she was baking delicious treats at her home in Chaguanas. Every week she cooks to sharpen her skills and it works.
“By training, I improved a lot. I used to make box cakes, but now I can make cakes from scratch.
“Before, I always had my mum and uncle (in the kitchen with me) but now I’ve gotten used to doing things on my own.”
Besides cakes, Kiana can bake sweetbreads, different types of bread, and a variety of pastries like cheese puffs.
Recently, she decided to challenge herself even more by starting her own business, Kiana’s Delight.
Kiana explained that people always compliment her baked goods and call them delicious, so the name was a no-brainer.
She added: “People were coming, and they used to taste my sweetbreads and like it, so I decided to sell.
“I sell my stuff to my cousins, some of my mom’s friends, some of my friends and a shop (nearby) buys some of my stuff and resells it.”
Being an entrepreneur was an eye-opening experience for Kiana, with canceling orders being one of the things she had to get used to the most.
A grade four student at Lendore Village Hindu Primary School in Enterprise, Kiana said her friends and teachers have been supportive of her business and her love of baking. Classes remain online due to the pandemic.
“I would tell other kids to cook because it’s a really good thing to do and they could start their own business and make a lot of money.”
Kiana also enjoys drawing and occasionally incorporates her skills into her baking.
She drew designs like flowers, hearts and polka dots on her cakes.
To relax, Kiana plays video games like Roblox, Minecraft and Piano Tiles.
Kiana’s mother, Kurlene Davis, is proud of her dedication to baking and supports her dreams of becoming a chef.
“Kiana bakes on her lunch break and after school. If she has an order for a particular day, she will do it after school.
“I’m very proud of her and she’s already making a contribution to the house.”