‘Playing Beatie Bow’, a popular Australian children’s book, was the trigger that sparked Savarna’s desire to become a confectioner, “and not just any ordinary chef”. At 18, she moved from Canberra to Melbourne to study the art form at the William Angliss Institute, before commencing a pastry apprenticeship. She then moved into an à la carte kitchen and discovered the thrills of service and savoury cuisine, spending four years in a renowned Italian restaurant.
Following a move to London, she worked at The Oxo tower for four years and was then lured by the legendary Sarit Packer to come and take over from her one of the most demanding jobs in town – head pastry chef for Ottolenghi, in charge of four shops and a bakery. She now feels like she’s never worked elsewhere.