Dutch cakes

Wanneroo Times - - News - Lucy Jarvis

Sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian John Driehuis ful­fils life­long dream of open­ing a bak­ery in Joon­dalup.

WHILE most 70-year-olds would be re­duc­ing their work­load, John Driehuis has ful­filled a life­long dream to open his own bak­ery.

Mr Driehuis opened The Dutch Patis­serie in Joon­dalup’s Can­dle­wood Shop­ping Cen­tre shortly be­fore his 71st birth­day.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to have my own bak­ery. It’s a life­time dream – I’m a skilled pas­try chef from Hol­land,” he said.

Mr Driehuis moved to Aus­tralia 44 years ago and worked for dif­fer­ent bak­ers and su­per­mar­kets be­fore be­com­ing a wall and floor tiler.

He wanted to start a bak­ery five years ago, but de­vel­oped se­vere carpel tun­nel syn­drome that re­quired surgery.

A year or so later, his plans to try again were put on hold when he suf­fered a heart at­tack and had to have triple by­pass surgery.

“I re­cov­ered from that and here I am,” he said.

“This time I said it and I’ve done it.”

Mr Driehuis did the shopfront him­self and wakes up about 2am to get to the store by 3am to start bak­ing.

The ven­ture is al­ready prov­ing suc­cess­ful, with peo­ple trav­el­ling from as far as Ar­madale and Bal­divis to buy his Dutch cakes and stocks, of­ten sell­ing out by early af­ter­noon.

The Dutch Patis­serie is open Wed­nes­days to Sun­days. John’s wife Deb­bie works with him.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d486715

John Driehuis has re­alised his dream of open­ing a bak­ery at 71 years old.

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