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take the cake
By EMMA BEER
Piece of cake: Tanya Hugyecz thinks her job is more like fun than work.
Photo: EMMA BEER
Tanya Hugyecz wouldn't
call her job as a
patisserie chef work. It's
more just... fun,'' she said.
Ms Hugyecz owns Decorada,
which specialises in cakes and
biscuits for special occasions.
She began in the baking
business in 2004, deciding not
to return to marketing after
having two girls.
I was always the kindy mum
at the Play-Doh table. I used to
make gingerbread men for
antenatal get-togethers. They
went down really well and
people were willing to buy
Ms Hugyecz retained the use
of a commercial kitchen in the
evenings. She now bakes,
decorates and sells biscuits,
cakes and cupcakes for
weddings, birthdays and
Biscuits were very popular as
wedding favours, she said.
They compare nicely to something
printed. People really love it. There's
nothing better than something with
your name on it -- it makes it feel like
it's really yours.''
Her two girls were among her
My girls get practised on, they
get little treats in their
lunchboxes. Sometimes they will
say, That's a great design', or
suggest a different colour.
They critique [my work].''
Even though they enjoy
eating the designs, they
rarely get to help out, Ms
I can't... I'mtoo
protective. It's not fun for
them [baking with me]. I
try and make it fun, but
then I'll just say, I'll do
it quickly and you
can just eat them'.''
check out the
By JOSEPH ROMANOS
Beer guru: Sean Murrie.
Wellington has announced itself
as New Zealand's craft beer capi-
tal.Its new status -- largely self-
appointed -- was announced at a
launch last week and was
accompanied by the release of a
suggested craft beer tour.
The initiative is the brainchild
of city councillor John Morrison
and craft beer guru Sean Murrie,
who is the general manager of
Tuatara, the Malthouse and Fork
Wellington has been the
unofficial craft beer capital for
many a year,'' Mr Murrie said.
We thought it was time to make
He said that Wellington had
about 10 craft beer brewers, but
estimated that Wellingtonians
drank up to 40 per cent of the
craft beer produced in New Zea-
land, to judge by supermarket
We've always supported craft
beer here. We were really the first
city not to to get tied up by Lion
Among Wellington's better
known craft beer brewers are
Tuatara, Yeastie Boys, Garage
Project and Parrot Dog.
Mr Murrie said Wellington's
elevated craft beer status may
prove a boost to tourism.
Portland, Oregon, is the
model,'' he said. That city is
really the craft beer capital of the
world. They get massive numbers
of people going there just for the
craft breweries and beers. We
aren't there yet, but we're on our
Mr Morrison said craft beer
connoisseurs were fascinating.
They talk about the nose, and
introduce a bit more culture into
their beer drinking,'' he said.
I suppose you could liken it to
the move from cask wine to your
pinot gris and chardonnay
The brochure that has been
released suggests a tour starting
at The Hop Garden in Pirie St and
then progressing to the Southern
Cross, Malthouse, The Apart-
ment, Hashigo Zake, The Tap
Haus, Little Beer Quarter, Fork
and Brewer, Kelburn Village Pub,
The Bruhaus and D4 on
We'll be handing out the
brochures to cruise ships coming
to the city,'' Mr Morrison said.
Perhaps as the women do their
shopping, the men can do the craft
beer tour. It's just another attrac-
tion for Wellington.
We like to be progressive and
do things a bit differently, and
this is just another example.''
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