My name is Helen. I’m 29 years old, and I’m from Ukraine, from a small city named Zaporizhzhia. I have been living in China for more than 6 years and I bake the most delicious cakes!
我叫 Helen，今年29岁，来自乌克兰一座叫扎波罗热的小城市。我在中国生活了 6 年多，我做的蛋糕是世上最美味的！
But it wasn’t always like that. One day there was a turning point that allowed me to see new talents in myself and completely change my career.
My mother always cooked very delicious meals, and all of my childhood is associated with memories of holidays, feasts, and weekends, when my mother cooked a lot of very tasty dishes. In the post-Soviet space, it was not possible to buy a cake in a supermarket. After all, there weren’t even any supermarkets. So my mother cooked cakes for every holiday, birthday, New Year, etc., when she wanted to treat us with something delicious. When I was little, I would try to help her, and sometimes I just watched the process! It fascinated me that mom had a lot of signature cakes, but my favorite was meringue cake. My grandmother’s signature desserts were always “cherry house cake” and “Napoleon.”
As a teenager, I also became interested in cooking desserts. Using my mother’s cookbook, at the age of 14, I was already preparing my first profiteroles. I really enjoyed the process and the joy of family members trying my desserts. But, unfortunately, the older I got, the less time and energy I had to cook. Over time, priorities changed, and I stopped cooking altogether. School years were replaced by university years, then studying in China, work… In the blink of an eye more than 10 years flew by.
十几岁的时候，我也开始对烘焙感兴趣。我 14 岁的时候，参考母亲的烘焙手册，开始尝试做泡芙。我真的很享受这个过程，也很享受家人品尝我做的甜点时的喜悦。但遗憾的是，长大后我就越没有时间和精力去烘焙。生活中有许多事情比烘焙更重要，我放弃了烘焙，升入大学，然后来中国留学、工作……眨眼间，已过去 10 多年。
I graduated from the Honchar Dnipropetrovsk National University, majoring in Chinese Philology, even though I had never been interested in Asian culture or China, and in general I had never planned to study this subject.
How did I end up there? Pure chance, or even fate.
At the age of 18, one of the criteria I had for choosing a university was “somewhere, but not in my hometown.” So I went to admissions offices in other cities: Kharkiv, Dnipro, Kyiv. I dreamed of studying journalism or international relations. Back in 2011, there was no way to submit documents online, so I had to personally go and queue for hours (sometimes at 6 o’clock