In my family, food is love. Growing up, I saw firsthand how food could bring people together and create lasting memories. Later, I was teaching 5th grade in Virginia when a fellow teacher asked if I was interested in taking her cake decorating class at the local craft store. While I had always enjoyed baking, I realized during the class that what I loved most was baking for other people. Getting the chance to help create a memorable celebration or gathering truly feels like a blessing.
Two years after my first cake decorating class, I left teaching and enrolled in the Baking and Pastry Arts program at California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. I went on to work as a pastry chef in bakeries, restaurants, and hotels in both San Francisco and Santa Barbara.
My food is made with love, and I want you to want to eat it, not just look at it! It won't be overly fussy or colored beyond all natural recognition. And it will taste great! So have your cake, because life is too short not to.