About Katie

My Culinary Journey

Katie moved to New York in 2005 to attend New York University. After obtaining a pastry position at Bouley restaurant in Tribeca, she quickly realized that her love of cooking was ultimately the path she wanted to follow. She enrolled in the French Culinary Institute where she received a Grand Diploma in Pastry Arts. She was made a member of the school's Advisory Board from 2010-2012. 


In the years to come, she spent time in the Pastry kitchens of Le Cirque, The Russian Tea Room, Geoffrey Zakarian's Country, Olana and the David Burke restaurant group. Along the way she also worked as a consultant, helping start-ups and established bakeries with recipe development, kitchen design and staffing.


After winning $10,000 on an episode of Food Network’s "Sweet Genius" in 2011, she went on to work as a Culinary Producer on Seasons 2 & 3 as well as the producer for the pilot episode of Buddy Valastro's "Bakery Boss". Other media appearances include The Today Show, Chopped, The New York Chocolate Show, Ehow.com, MTV.com, Howcast.com, and Martha Stewart Living Radio on Sirius XM. 


She opened Buttermilk Bakeshop in Park Slope, Brooklyn in 2013, specializing in homestyle American baked goods and cakes, and successfully sold it in 2018.

Other notable accomplishments include her work as the Pastry Coordinator for the Starchef's 2012 International Pastry Competition (she was a semifinalist in 2011), her work on cookbooks as a recipe developer and editor, and her placement as a finalist in the Scharffen Berger Chocolate Adventure contest and Pastry Scoop's Golden Scoop Awards. 


Her recipes have been featured in Food & Wine magazine, Woman's World magazine, New York magazine, The Daily News, Brides magazine, The Daily Meal, The Village Voice, Edible Manhattan, Serious Eats & Eater, among others. She currently works as a Chef Instructor at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts and lives in New Jersey with her husband, their daughter & dog Izzy. 

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