The love of baking led a Brazilian woman to start her own business in Cavan, which now has customers all over the country.
Adriana Penariol started cooking in her kitchen in Ballyjamesduff in 2008 for friends and now employs seven people at her company premises in Cavan Town.
From cakes and rolls to pizza, Master Pastries at Moynehall Business Park offers a wide range of different products.
Adriana says the decision to start selling her wares was an easy one. ” I love the kitchen. I cooked for friends and they said ‘Oh Adriana! I love your cakes; you should sell. So that’s what I did ”. She started professional baking in 2015.
“I only had one fridge and one cooler,” she laughs, “and everything got too big. What started as a big space quickly turned into a small place ”.
The kitchen table quickly became inadequate for what was a growing business and it was time to move to more spacious premises.
“I had spoken to the FSAI (Food Safety Authority of Ireland) and the inspector said my house was okay for some cakes, but I was doing too much and I should move to a bigger place,” she says .
Master Pastries has been based at Moynehall Business Park on Ballinagh Road since 2018.
Its humble beginnings have now grown into a large and successful business.
As she began to bake, Adriana branched out into the world of bakery and catering.
The company now produces frozen pies, sausage rolls, dough rolls and cheese balls, which are sold to businesses or to the public.
Frozen delicacies are shipped across the country, from Cavan to Portlaoise, Cork, Carlow, Dublin, Gort, Naas and Limerick.
At the moment, they’re mostly stocked in Brazilian stores across the country, but Adriana hopes she can expand into other businesses in the future.
“We thought about trying Musgraves,” Adriana says. The well-known company is the supplier of the SuperValu and Centra brands in Ireland and is well known for its support for small producers.
But, while Master Pastries has been successful and diversified since its beginnings as a pastry business, the ultimate dream is to open your own cafe.
“I want to stretch out,” Adriana comments, “and I love the cakes and I love that customers can see whatever they can get.”
And Adriana’s talents don’t stop at baking. Catering is another facet of the business that is doing well.
“Curries are always popular,” says office administrator Rosemary McGivney, “the Irish love their curries”.
It turned out to be so popular that they had to increase staff working hours to meet demand every weekend.
For more information or to make a reservation, contact Adriana at 087-2729762 or Rosemary at 049-4326336 or send an email to [email protected]
Discover more of their products on their Instagram page @masterpastries or search for Master Pastries on Facebook.