WHILE most 70-year-olds would be reducing their workload, John Driehuis has fulfilled a lifelong dream to open his own bakery.
Mr Driehuis opened The Dutch Patisserie in Joondalup’s Candlewood Shopping Centre shortly before his 71st birthday.
“I’ve always wanted to have my own bakery,” he said.
“It’s a lifetime dream – I’m a skilled pastry chef from Holland.”
Mr Driehuis moved to Australia 44 years ago and worked for different bakers and supermarkets before becoming a wall and floor tiler.
He wanted to start a bakery five years ago, but developed severe carpel tunnel syndrome that required surgery.
A year or so later, his plans to try again were put on hold when he suffered a heart attack and had to have triple bypass surgery.
“I recovered from that and here I am,” he said.
“This time I said it and I’ve done it.”
Mr Driehuis did the shopfront himself, and wakes up about 2am to get to the store by 3am to start baking.
The venture is already proving successful with people travelling from as far as Armadale and Baldivis to buy his Dutch cakes and stocks often selling out by early afternoon.
“You don’t find any of the cakes I’m making in Perth,” he said.
“That’s why a lot of Dutch people get thrilled when they see the stuff.
“A lot of people are happy with my products – that makes me a happy man.”
The Dutch Patisserie is open Wednesdays to Sundays, and John’s wife Debbie works with him.