Just minutes from Hobart city down a side street in the suburban/industrial badlands of Moonah you’ll find the productions grounds for Rogue Pastry, a wholesale business that sneaks delicious, freshly-made, specialty doughnuts to your door so you can take the credit. They are a business made up of three mates who play different roles in the business. We were lucky enough to hang out with their pastry chef Josh, and chat a little about the creation of Rogue Pastry.
Josh had, before he opened the business on just over a month ago, gained years of experience in the industry working for the likes of Jean Pascal, MONA, Peacock and Jones, and Queens. Along with this he has spent much of his own time experimenting and developing new products just in an ordinary oven at home. Now significant of their name he has ‘gone rogue’ and is enjoying the benefits of being self-employed. “When you’re trained in an art/craft it’s very hard to find the creative freedom you need when you’re working for someone else.” The beginning of Rogue Pastry has given him more flexibility with his working hours and above all the freedom and satisfaction of seeing something he has been created from scratch, grow.
Towards the opening of Rogue in January of this year, they worked hard to have the kitchen set up and ready to begin business with making delicious doughnuts. The premises had previously been a kitchen and already had some pre-existing equipment that could be used in the transition to Rogue HQ. Soon after their opening, Rogue have become busier than they could ever have imagined. “When you take the leap into working for yourself there is a big element of unknown that can seem scary. However, it’s been so rewarding already to secure a list of accounts from people who are excited about our products and keen to support us.”
Josh explains the importance of building the business on a set of good strong core values. Some of these being creating honest and reliable business relationships with each of their customers, and making sure to deliver to them a consistently high quality standard product every time. “It is incredibly important for us to create an experience for our customer.”
Rogue Pastry can be found in retailing in the cafes around in the Hobart area and can also be made for special events. From birthdays to weddings to board meetings, their doughnuts can add colour, fun and scrumptiousness to any event - whatever the occasion!
Photography: by Laura Tilley (www.thefoundspace.com)