About Me

Hi y’all

My name’s Rosie, I’m 23 years old and in September 2016, I commenced working onboard a private motor yacht.

As the crew/sous chef, my role is to cook lunch and dinner for 13 members of crew, every day, with the occasional opportunity to assist the head chef. This may happen whenever the guests choose to entertain, meaning their numbers sky rocket above the usual 2.

This blog has historically (well, since way back when in 2013) been a way for me to document any baking attempts, but now it is going to serve more as an intermittent, electronic diary, for me to share with you all just what kind of experience this job is going to be.

As far as I’m aware, the boat is floating around the South of France during September, when it’s time for me to join. We’ll cruise the Med for a few weeks, before spending the whole month of October at the shipyard in Marseille. Apparently these large vessels need rather a lot of maintenance. Once we’re given the all clear, it’s time for the 3-4 week Atlantic crossing to Miami. Christmas will be spent stationed in the Caribbean or the Bahamas, and from then on, your guess is as good as mine. A spell in Miami might be followed by journey up to Nova Scotia, but the boat could be going to the back of beyond, and I truly wouldn’t mind.

I hope you find all of this interesting – I certainly will. Wish me luck.

Rosie x



5 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Alisha Mahy says:


    Sorry, this is really random…I am looking at doing the six month culinary diploma next July at Ashburton, and I’m from Guernsey – was on the phone to a lady today who said there was someone from Jersey doing the course at the mo and i was doing some Instagram lurking and came across your blog!

    Please could you let me know how you’re getting on? I’m assuming it’s pretty full on but looks like so much fun. Did you have any previous experience with cookery or was it just a passion?

    How is the accommodation? And one last thing…do you gain loads of weight eating all of that food everyday?!? Hahaha, sounds like a stupid question but I’m paranoid I’m going to eat up looking like Augustus Gloop! I’m such a massive foodie but I love my healthy food and I’m fully aware that that stuff is not good for the waistline!

    Would love to hear your thoughts 🙂


    • rosebudbakes says:

      Hey Alisha!

      Oh my gosh, I so wish you’d been doing the course with me, we sound so similar. I was so worried about piling on the pounds too, and honestly we do cook with an utterly unreasonable amount of butter, but probably never will again. You cook FAR too much food to just consume yourself, so half the time I give my profiteroles, scones, cakes to any friends I see at the weekend, Ian the lovely driver, or the guys at the gym (they absolutely love it and are so appreciative).

      That’s the great thing about living at Finlake, you share a lodge with two other people (I’m with two guys, so they kindly gave me the big room), you get full use of the gym and classes for £10 for the whole 6 weeks. The classes are amazing – the best ones I’ve ever had after trying lots of different gyms at uni and home. Pretty much every day when we get home we are so stuffed from lunch and nibbling, we go to an hours gym class and come home to eat the rest. In all fairness, I have gained a few pounds over the 6 weeks, but it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and I know that when I go home to my normal eating routine my weight will go right back to normal. (I just keep telling myself that).

      You can probably tell from my posts that it’s been the best thing ever. The chefs are unbelievably nice, helpful, full of advice for your future career and any general questions you might have. I’m going to miss them like mad and the fun times in the kitchen, the banter you have all together is brilliant. The people on the course have been amazing – friends for life! You’re all foodies together so pretty much constantly in seventh heaven with everything that you learn.

      If Finlake is a bit expensive (it was for me, but with living in Jersey I was too nervy to take the plunge and find accommodation without seeing it), my friends Nell and Sam are living in Ashburton in nice flats, sort of lodging with the owners type thing, I could ask them for details? It’s cheaper than Finlake, and if you don’t have a car then I can imagine feeling rather stranded here. It’s a 10/15 minute car journey to the cookery school, and half an hour to Exeter. I brought my car over on the ferry because a lot of my school friends live in Devon, so I’ve been able to go visit them most weekends which has been great.

      Sorry for the massive essay! Cooking for me has just been a hobby so far, I wanted to do this course to be able to get into a professional kitchen. Or even private catering, or yacht work. Meeting everyone else has given me tonnes of ideas of what to do, it’s been inspiring and none of us want to leave!

      I hope that’s helpful, if you have any more questions I’d be happy to answer them! But go for it – you won’t regret it and it’ll be a wonderful experience from start to finish xxx

      • Alisha Mahy says:

        Thank you so much for coming back to me, it’s unbelievably helpful and nice to know I wasn’t alone with my initial worries! I am doing the 20 week course so I will inevitably come back looking like Bruce Bogtrotter from Matilda, but like you said, it sounds like too good an opportunity to miss!

        To be honest, Finlake is pricey, but for the comfort of having company, access to the facilities and feeling like you have your own little home would be better for me, because if I was lodging I would feel like I was living in someone else’s house! But then again, it’s worth looking into, and so if you have the details that would be fab 🙂

        It all just looks perfect, and such an incredible opportunity – I have my interview on 3 August so hopefully I get accepted!

        I’m so jealous, I’m itching to just do it now, but will have to stick out my accountancy job for the next year! 😩 sounds like you are having an absolute ball, such a shame we aren’t doing it at the same time, I’m sure we’d get on like a house on fire!

        Thank you so much again for coming back to me.

        Enjoy your final week, I don’t doubt that you will!


        Sent from my iPhone


    • rosebudbakes says:

      Oh that’s so lovely to hear, Lisa! I’m sure she will absolutely love all things baking. It’s such a fun, creative hobby, and all the practice will be delicious along the way 🙂 Rosie x

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