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It all started back when I was about 2 years old with my mom. She loved to bake and I loved to watch, well, in all honesty, I liked to sneak little tastes when she wasn’t looking. My favorite place was on a tall stool so I could watch everything that was happening. At around eight years old I had several of my favorite recipes memorized and would bake all summer long. If you asked me what they were now, umm I couldn’t tell you- but it was a lot of chocolate chip cookies and brownies. I loved how the smell wafted through our home and made your mouth water. My mom always joked that pumpkin muffins was the only sure way to get me out of bed on a Saturday morning.
As I grew older my passion for baking didn’t fade. I started baking up a storm when I was in college. One time I stayed up till 2 am making a 9 layer cake for one of my friend’s birthdays. I absolutely love it and love the joy it brings to people.
After working full time in a digital marketing agency for several years, I decided to follow my passion and in 2013, I moved to Paris for a year to study French pastry at Le Cordon Bleu. I loved my experience there and would recommend it to anyone. After I graduated I did a 3 month stage at La Fabrique á Gateaux in the Republique area. It was just me and two incredible women chefs in the kitchen, one of which I started calling Dude, and both of whom studied under one of the top pastry chef’s in Paris.
I stayed up until 4 days before my visa was up, not wanting to leave the city I had started calling home. After spending a year back in Texas working for an incredible French pastry shop called Bisous Bisous Patisserie and Scardello Cheese, a fantastic gourmet cheese shop, I returned to Paris on a Jeune Professional visa to work at a cooking school. About a year later, I moved on to freelance pastry work, teaching classes, catering, and working for my biggest client, Chateau de Gudanes, a restoration project in the South of France.
My work has now expanded to offering pastry workshops all over France and by request at my apartment in Strasbourg. I’m also a pastry chef for hire traveling events to do the pastries. Have a wedding in France, or elsewhere, and like my style? Hit me up! I’d love to discuss it!
The absolutely best part of baking is the joy it brings to people. There is nothing better than seeing a smile creep across someone’s face when they taste a dessert I have made. 🙂