Chinese masters graduate gives up medical career for bakery dream

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Huang Xiaobin, a masters graduate from the College of Medicine of Zhejiang University in east China. [Photo/Hangzhou Daily]

Huang Xiaobin, a masters graduate from the College of Medicine of Zhejiang University in east China, was supposed to be a doctor. However, after studying medicine for 7 years, Huang instead decided he wanted to bake his own bread.

Huang is the only son from an average family in Xinchang County in the eastern Zhejiang Province. His parents have always been proud of their son's excellent academic achievements, especially in 2006, when he was admitted to Zhejiang University with a score of 634 points from his college entrance examination.

While he was preparing to study abroad during his final year in school, he discovered a love for baking bread. A documentary called "Paul teaches you to make bread" inspired him to take this further.

Huang's health bread. [Photo/Hangzhou Daily]

"I studied medicine because I like research. I still like what I was learning at the time. But my interests are no longer necessarily in line with scientific research. As for being a doctor, I could never even consider it," Huang said.

It was in 2015 that Huang opened his first bakery within a 20-square-meter facade of a ground-floor space. Huang suffered many pitfalls in the early days. On the first day, the store assistant burned the whole day's products and they didn't have a float to provide customers with any change. They were also attracting very little custom.

After three months without much improvement, a famous Weibo blogger came to try Huang's bread and later posted about it on his blog. After this, business began to improve and he started making over 300 loaves of bread per day.

Huang working in his bakery. [Photo/Hangzhou Daily]

An entrepreneur, who specializes in low-energy health food, will cooperate with Huang on a new project, to supply bread to two primary schools in the city.

"I haven't made much money because I'm not very good at business. But I have had a lot of experience which is going to help me in the future," Huang said that if he was given the opportunity to choose between medicine and baking again, he would still choose baking.

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