Melbourne small business owner Kirsten Tibballs, who is the founder and owner of world-renowned Savour Chocolate and Patisserie School in Brunswick, says businesses have undoubtedly had to pivot and adapt this year in order to push forward during the current COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in many taking their services online.

With this newfound way of life has come a virtual world of doing business and learning, with many at home turning to things such as online classes to discover new skills – especially in the kitchen. Since the lockdown started more than eight months ago, Kirsten’s hands-on classes have had to come to a hold, however, she has been delivering a new online tutorial weekly to a virtual classroom of students that has increased dramatically as a result of the pandemic.

Renowned as one of the world’s best pastry chefs and chocolatiers, many would travel from around the world to learn from Kirsten in her state-of-the-art facilities (pre-COVID). Since the lockdown period, however, Kirsten has continued to reach those at home through her Savour Online Classes, including not only professionals looking to upskill but a large portion of new avid home cooks and bakers in which the recent pandemic has somewhat created.

Kirsten established online classes seven years ago, in order to engage with legions of fans and aspiring chefs around the country and world, who were unable to attend the school in person – but never did she imagine the following she would amass in 2020. Kirsten believes that people are now more open to learning and training online and that we will continue to see more of this in the future.

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