Starting her apprenticeship as a chef at age 15, Emma quickly fell in love with the industry. Working in restaurants in the Barossa and the Clare, she completed her apprenticeship before travelling to France at age 19 where she attended the le Cordon Bleu cookery college in Paris.
Inspired to become a pastry chef, Emma returned to Australia and studied patisserie full time. Landing a job at The Manse as pastry chef, Emma worked with Lachlan Colwill to open 2 other restaurants which achieved numerous accolades in 2008 – 2010, including Restaurant of the year- Advertiser food awards, Restaurant and Catering Awards and the national cooking competition in the Tasting Australia program.
In 2011, Emma was a national finalist in the Electrolux appetite for excellence young chef competition.
To then moving on to head pastry chef at Penfolds Magill Estate, working with Jock Zonfrillo, and now running her own business -a small Artisan Bakery – The Lost Loaf - specialising in Sourdough breads and French pastries which celebrate the best local seasonal ingredients.
Emma has won many accolades in professional baking at the Royal Adelaide show and the states Australian Baking Association competitions.