They say you have nothing to lose when you dare to be courageous in life. Ehok Suchiang has always dreamt of becoming a baker or chef since her childhood days. Today, she runs her own bakery in her hometown of Jowai in Meghalaya. Ehok is happier than ever as she says she is super happy about where she stands at the moment and also looks forward to opening a cafe in the near future. Let’s find out more about her and her venture.
We had a chat with Ehok Suchiang, baker from Jowai, Meghalaya. She talks about her dream of becoming a chef or a baker since she was 11-years-old, turns into reality after she completed her college!
Introduce a little about yourself.
My name is Ehok Suchiang and I come from a small town called Jowai, a state in Meghalaya. I started my baking journey since December 2018.
Tell us about your baking venture, what initially sparked your interest in baking?
Being a chef or baker has always been a dream for me. I wanted to become one since my school days (when I was 11 years old). As obvious as it may sound but getting support to chase or fulfill this dream was a task for me, with no encouragment. Whenever I talked about it, I was give negative responses such as – “it’s never gonna work, especially in a place like Jowai”. But that never made me give up. I did what my parents wanted, to finish college. After college, I finally got the chance to convince my mom. So I decided not to miss this opportunity and gave my everything and worked really hard. I took a one year course in culinary and 3 months in bakery. I recieved the title of “Best Chef of the Month” Award from my institute. My hardwork did pay off, I recieved immense support from my family, friends and dear ones in the end. Today, I stand where I am all thanks and glory to God, who showed me the path and for giving me a chance to show my work. It has been a tough and a long wait but now that I am here, I want to give my everything. Living my dream is a miracle.
A birthday cake for a 4-year-old birthday girl by Ehok Suchiang
Ehok Suchiang all smiles having completed her culinary cum bakery course.
What inspires you to bake everyday?
For me baking is just not cakes and cream – it’s the happiness, smiles and the memories that are created in people’s life and this is something that makes me the happiest. I thank God for his unconditional love and support.
Make up themed cupcakes | by Ehok Suchiang
Cute Pink Hello Kitty cake for one of Ehok’s client
Birthday cake for a 1-year-old baby girl | by Ehok Suchiang
Best selling Cheese cake by Ehok Suchiang
What are the challenges that you face while running your baking venture?
The biggest challenge that I’ve faced during this entire journey is – the presentation, taste and being unique. With a lot of competition out there in the market, I must work my brains hard to be different and serve my customers the best. Their satisfaction matters to me a lot.
What are the learnings so far.
Throughout this entire journey, I’ve learned that failing is not the end, it’s just an end to a new beginning. I’m proud of who I am and where I stand today. I am also working towards opening a coffee shop soon. 🙂
To know more about Ehok’s bakehouse, follow her on Instagram!
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