Tara Black began her culinary training in high school and continued through college. She later decided to pursue a baking apprenticeship in Victoria and was awarded Top Apprentice in BC upon completion. Since starting her apprenticeship journey on the sweet side of the kitchen Tara spent over 10 years building her career as a pastry chef before embarking on Origin with Marion. She worked among talented chefs and bakers at The Empress, Pure Vanilla, La Collina, The Inn at the Laurel Point and more. She still enjoys exercising her culinary talents in fundraising events as a member of the Island Chefs' Collaborative, a community of chefs who help fund local farms.
Marion Scott completed her education in languages and linguistics before realizing she was more interested in pursuing her love of food! She trained in the culinary program at Camosun College, expanding her food knowledge through work at chocolateries, butcher shops, and fine restaurants throughout Canada and Europe. Before opening Origin, Marion fueled her love for travel and customer service by working as a flight attendant at WestJet.
Taking advantage of the cheap flight benefits, these ladies also made the brilliant decision to organize their business plan on the beaches of Maui. Obviously!