From Hobby to Career

When people ask me how I got into baking I say “I have social anxiety”. It always gets a laugh, but it’s true! When I left my hometown to go to college, I was so worried about meeting people and making friends. College was a totally clean slate, I knew nobody! So I started bringing baked goods to social meetings, because first impressions are important and cookies are a great first impression. I started to really look forward to opportunities to bake and I got more and more creative and intricate with the recipes.

I just love that part at an event where The Dessert comes out and everyone gathers together to eat and make yummy noises and smile. It’s like that little piece of cake is the exact medicine they needed for everything wrong in their lives, if only for that moment. I wanted that moment to be my career. So I left my cushy desk job to sling plates on the pastry line at a Michigan Avenue restaurant. Four years later and I have baked for and managed several bakeries and learned a variety of disciplines, from pies to french pastries to doughnuts, and I couldn’t be happier! Now I want to share my baking with the rest of the world, one kitchen at a time!