And thanks to her dedication, knowledge and love for what she does she won a joint scholarship by the Raise the Bar project and the Budi Foodie Foundation last year, which enabled her and the other two finalists Tibor Valinčić and Nikolina Putica to train at prestigious schools. “I didn’t expect all three of us to win, I don’t think any of us did. When the winners were announced, I had a rush of emotions and I’m particularly happy that the winners were announced in the hotel where I had started working to pay for the Culinary Institute in Sisak,” recalls Marina.
She began her training at the Ecole Nationale superieure de patissierie – Ducasse & Thurie in July this year with a program called Expert in French Pastry Art. “From the very beginning of my training I did very well and adapted to the environment. The campus is very impressive with as many as 9 laboratories, but there were really few of us in the group, only about a dozen. I think this really helped us because the chefs could completely dedicate themselves to each of us,” Marina points out. They would receive work and lecture schedules on a weekly basis and would generally work from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Most of the training is practical, as much as 90%, which was especially important to Marina.
She has many plans and ideas for the future, but she’s in no hurry at the moment. She completed her training two weeks ago and says that she’s currently working on getting to know herself and figuring out how she wants to develop. “Nothing goes away overnight and everything requires patience. I’ve always been a dreamer, so I want to tell all those interested in the Raise the Bar scholarship program to dare to dream. Although many things seems impossible or unrealizable at first, you should believe in yourself and be patient. Don’t hesitate to apply, simply do it because fortune favors the brave,” Marina concludes optimistically.