As a child, I was always intrigued with all things baking. Having a mother who enjoyed being in the kitchen helped fuel my interest in the culinary world. At first, it was a way to have constant sweets around the house, but over time it became a hobby and passion. While in college, I worked as a “manny.” This gave me the opportunity to try out different treats and recipes on kids and provided an outlet for my baking need. Additionally, it provided the foundation for being able to help kids learn to bake and gain confidence in the kitchen. I have always connected with the under 12 crowd, and to this day, I still look for opportunities to share my passion with them in a way that supports their needs.
For the past 25 years, I have been in the real estate business primarily in new home sales and property management. I have been fortunate to be able to work part-time, giving me the opportunity to spend time enjoying and perfecting my baking skills. For the past five years, I have been exploring every opportunity to further my knowledge, hone my skills and inspire my creativity. I have carefully chosen specific recreational classes and boot camps. I have immersed myself in as much online baking content I could find. I have participated in classes at the Culinary Institute of America, Bleu Ribbon Kitchen at Cordon Bleu, Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories, Institute of Domestic Technology, Surface, Sur La Table and others. I have found that gaining knowledge from so many differently trained chefs has given me a very well rounded foundation in baking.
Through these varied baking, cooking and learning experiences, I have gained wonderful friends who continue to push me to get better. I have gathered many important baking secrets, techniques, and recipes and now am able to help others expand their baking skills, including conducting in-home classes. Classes I’ve lead range from children’s birthday parties to adult groups wanting something fun and different on a Friday night. All of my classes have one thing in common: they demonstrate how I love bringing joy to the kitchen.
Recently, I have been volunteering to help those with autism feel confident in the kitchen. I continue to search for opportunities to help people build confidence in the kitchen and that includes lots of smiling and laughing along the way. As I continue to educate and explore, I am planning to take my travels and training to other states and countries. I feel it is important to always keep learning, smiling and encouraging others along the way. Follow me on my adventures and we can learn together.