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Michael Toa
Works at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
Attended University of Sunderland
Lives in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
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Earl Grey Traybake
Greed is often a great source of inspiration. For example, this afternoon when I not only want a cup of tea to sip during my afternoon of Netflix and chill, but also want to be able to eat eat too; I then came up with this Earl Grey traybake idea. I love Ea...
Greed is often a great source of inspiration. For example, this afternoon when I not only want a cup of tea to sip during my afternoon of Netflix and chill, but also want to be able to eat eat too; I then came up with this Ea...
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2016
I hope that it's still acceptable to wish you all a very happy new year! It's a tad late I know, but better late than never, right? :) It's still only the 12th day of the new year, but I feel so much have been happening already. A great news to share with a...
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Jerk Pork Chop with Rice and Beans
This jerk pork chop  was all I can think about when I was at the gym this morning. I always think about food and my next meal anyway; and after a good workout session, of course, I have to find a great way to replace all the calories I burned. Jerk seasonin...
This jerk pork chop was all I can think about when I was at the gym this morning. I always think about food and my next meal anyway; and after a good workout session, of course, I have to find a great way to replace all the c...
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(slow-cooker) Korean Beef and Rice Pot
There's something so satisfying and comforting about going back to the place that's familiar. And for me that place is in the kitchen. However corny this may sound, it is in the kitchen where I feel most secure and content. Throughout my travel all over the...
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Pan-Roasted Chicken with Sambal Oelek Chickpeas
Sambal oelek is a spicy Southeast Asian chili sauce often found in Indonesian cooking. The word sambal simply refers to sauce made with chili peppers which may include an array of secondary ingredients. The word oelek  itself or  ulek refer to the pestle an...
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Greek-ish Pork Stew with Tomatoes and Beans
Just to show that I never stop thinking about food and often find inspirations from the strangest of places, the recipe I'm about to share came to me from my morning exercise. When I was at the gym this morning, the TV screen in front of me was showing the ...
Just to show that I never stop thinking about food and often find inspirations from the strangest of places, the recipe I'm about to share came to me from my morning exercise. When I was at the gym this morning, the TV scr...
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Bucatini all'Amatriciana
I am a pasta addict, yes I will admit to that. There are several pasta dishes I make so many times and never tired of... and one of them is Bucatini all'Amatriciana.  This is a classic pasta dish named after the town of Amatrice, somewhere east of Rome. It ...
I am a pasta addict, yes I will admit to that. There are several pasta dishes I make so many times and never tired of... and one of them is Bucatini all'Amatriciana. This is a classic pasta dish named after the town of Am...
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Mulled Ginger Beer
There are so many Christmas traditions I love, from the classic minced pies, fruit cake and of course, the turkey with all its trimmings on the big day itself. But this is also treat-season and boy, I do know how to treat myself well. After a somewhat produ...
There are so many Christmas traditions I love, from the classic minced pies, fruit cake and of course, the turkey with all its trimmings on the big day itself. But this is also treat-season and boy, I do know how to treat mys...
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Mom's Orange and Raisin Bread
When I was home at my parents', one of my favourite things to do is to look through my mother's recipe collections. It's not exactly a perfectly bind scrapbook but many pieces of hand-written notes and paper. Many of them from years ago when my mother was s...
When I was home at my parents', one of my favourite things to do is to look through my mother's recipe collections. It's not exactly a perfectly bind scrapbook but many pieces of hand-written notes and paper. Many of them fro...
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I'm back!
Greetings lovely readers... How is everyone doing? I hope you don't think that I've abandoned any of you :) No, not at all. The thing is, yes, I had been away. If you are a follower on my social media, such as Instagram (@michael_toa) and Twitter (@michaelt...
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Barley Risotto with Sausage and Peas
Time does fly... I find it hard to believe that it's been exactly a year since I arrived to the Cayman Islands.  Looking back, the past twelve months have been a great and wonderful learning experience. I thoroughly enjoy my work as a baker. In fact, I love...
Time does fly... I find it hard to believe that it's been exactly a year since I arrived to the Cayman Islands.  Looking back, the past twelve months have been a great and wonderful learning experience. I thoroughly enjoy my ...
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Chorizo and Beans Stew
Even in the Caribbean, it has to rain sometime. The past few days had been pouring down like crazy, but it is hurricane season at the moment after all.  But this kind of weather for me is just the perfect excuse to cook up something warm and comforting, lik...
Even in the Caribbean, it has to rain sometime. The past few days had been pouring down like crazy, but it is hurricane season at the moment after all.  But this kind of weather for me is just the perfect excuse to cook up...
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Pastry Cook 3 (Bakery)
Employment
  • The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
    Pastry Cook 3 (Bakery), present
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Currently
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Previously
Sunderland, UK - Hemet, USA - Medan, Indonesia
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Cooked my way through Jamie Oliver's My Guide to Making You a Better Cook - cookbook in a 2009.
Education
  • University of Sunderland
    MA Media and Cultural Studies, 2010 - 2011
    My final dissertation focused on the sociology of food and food culture, titled: Dinner is served. An exploration of identity through eating. Successfully completed the programme and was awarded Master of Arts with Distinction.
  • University of Sunderland
    BA (Hons) Media, Culture and Communication Studies, 2005 - 2008
    Studies include introduction to media and cultural studies, television studio operations, history of broadcasting, academic research skills, language and the media, the making of popular culture and French. Successfully completed the programme and achieved an overall 2:1.
  • Hemet High School
    2003 - 2005
    Member of the Chamber Singers, Men’s Choir, theatre club and journalism team.
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