I was a part-time baker, but a full-time eater. I just plain loved to eat. While I enjoyed cooking, baking was my true passion. Cookies and doughnuts were what I devoted most of my time to, and I was constantly thinking up and trying new recipes, flavors and methods. Once the baking bug caught hold of me in 2008, I longed for the weekends, where I could spend time in my food laboratory (my kitchen), experimenting and creating tasty treats for my friends, co-workers and me to enjoy. I was excited at the food and baking opportunities that awaited me as I began this blog during the summer of 2014.
I finally landed in San Francisco, after bouncing all over the country and world for a few months. Catch up on old posts on the blog, as I traveled through Europe, Central America, Chicago and Los Angeles. There was food-centric travel, non-profit work and then four months of formal training at pastry school.
Now, I’m a pastry professional and spent most of 2016 working in bakeries in Los Angeles. However, after launching my own cookie business and selling at LA’s popular Smorgasburg for a few months, I’ve now uprooted the whole operation and am planning to open a bakery in Antigua, Guatemala.
July, August and part of September, 2014 – Chicago
Mid-September, 2014 – Touring London, Paris, Prague, Istanbul
October, November, December, 2014 – Non-profit work in Guatemala
Late December – Chicago/LA
January to June, 2015 – Pastry school in San Francisco
June, 2015 to February, 2016 – Baker in San Francisco
February, 2016 to March, 2017 – Pastry chef/baker in Los Angeles
March, 2017 to present – Baker in La Antigua, Guatemala
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