This Man Transformed Himself from a Poacher to a Pastry Chef

By Noah Kaufman |

From age 15, Peter Andrew poached animals in Tanzania, and by all accounts, he was very good at it. Illegal hunting can be a lucrative business in Africa, if you don’t get caught: Last summer, a certain type of rhino horn fetched more than $140,000 a pound on the black market.

But after a job offer and a push from his grandfather, Peter found a new life in the kitchen. He began his culinary career cooking for the staff at the Singita Grumeti conservancy in northern Tanzania. After a few years, he grew into a keen chef, running the pastry kitchen at the posh Faru Faru lodge.

The whole process was particularly difficult, as every book and recipe Peter could find was in English, which he didn’t speak or read. But baking transformed his life in a part of the world where a career as a poacher, short as it can be, often looks all too attractive. Watch the video to see his whole story.

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