Although it hasn’t been long since Carramar 2018 alumni Isabella Martin graduated, she has been keeping herself busy showcasing her creative side through her business Eat With Bella.
Growing up, Isabella always loved helping her Mum in the kitchen and began cooking and baking at the tender age of 8.
“From when I was very little I loved art – drawing and painting,” Isabella said. “As I got older, I didn’t do as much art as such, butI instead discovered I could apply my creativity to cooking; the more I baked, the more I wanted to experiment with my creativity.”
During Year 11, Isabella worked at a North Beach café serving coffees and takeaway food, which gave her a great opportunity to see how cafes function behind-the-scenes, though she wasn’t there for long as her own Eat With Bella business orders grew and became sufficient enough for her to turn her “side hobby” into a proper job.
Isabella said it all started when she catered for her sister’s 21st birthday breakfast three years ago.
“Everyone loved it and they all encouraged me to make an Instagram to share what I had created,” Isabella said.
“As my sister’s friends were turning 21 that year, it was a year of important birthdays and I soon found lots of her friends that had attended the breakfast asking me to make them a cake, desserts and grazing boards.”
Her Instagram page @eatwithbella_ is filled with images of decadent cakes, biscuits and savoury creations that make it obvious Isabelle has found her calling.
With almost 2000 followers, Isabella was surprised at how the page took off as she started it just to share her love of cooking rather than start a business.
“It wasn’t long before I had orders from people I didn’t even know asking me to make them a cake!” she said.
“I just went with it and accepted every opportunity that came my way and I’m so glad I did as I absolutely love what I do and have learnt so much in the process.
“Starting Eat With Bella has helped me find my true passion and has allowed me to experience so much that many people my age haven’t, for which I am super grateful.”
She said her education at St Stephen’s taught her the value of consistency and confidence.
When Bella isn’t whipping up tasty treats, you’ll find her studying for her Bachelor of Commerce at UWA or cycling and running with her old Triathlon Club for fitness.
She hasn’t yet chosen her major at uni but is considering Management in the hope it may help her manage her own business.
“I would love to have a café in the future so I think Management would be great for this,” she said.
See more of Isabella’s creative side at eatwithbella.wixsite.com/isabellamartin or follow her on Instagram @eatwithbella_.