IN THE KITCHEN: Savour the Flavour owner Janelle Noonan loves to cook sweets and salads.
IN THE KITCHEN: Savour the Flavour owner Janelle Noonan loves to cook sweets and salads. Laura McKee

Cafe owner shares her food journey

Janelle Noonan sat down with The Observer this week to share what she loves most about cooking for this week's In the Kitchen with...

Janelle Noonan

Occupation: Owner and chef at Savour the Flavour, Tondoon Botanic Gardens

Tell us about your food journey: I left school at Year 11 and did my apprenticeship. At 19 I was qualified and worked at Munchies, which is now Scotties. I left cheffing, went into training and then started my own business, Savour the Flavour. When I was 16, I wanted to go on an overseas trip and I had to pay for the whole thing. So I sold 20 or 30 pikelets before school every day for 18 months to be able to go. The trip cost about $4000.

What do you like about your job? I like an extremely busy day and to see people laughing and eating my food.

Who had the most influence on your cooking skills? My mum. She was a home ec teacher and we always cooked. If we ever wanted treats we would make our own biscuits, brownies and marshmallows.

What is your favourite dish to cook? I like to do salads and sweets, mainly chicken Caesar salad, brownies and cheesecakes.

What's your worst cooking disaster? Once when I was manager of KFC we had a really busy Friday night. I dropped a whole tray of chicken and it takes 45 minutes to cook again. It was in front of everyone!

What's your favourite meal of the day? I don't really eat. But if I do go out I love a reef and beef. I usually go to Queens Hotel.

My guilty pleasure is…A block of Cadbury chocolate and a cold Coke Zero with a scratchie.

Make my… deep fried cookie dough or chocolate brownie with an iced chocolate or iced coffee.