About Katie

My Culinary Journey

Katie thought that she was moving to New York to attend New York University, but little did she know that a position at Bouley restaurant in Tribeca would spur her true passion for pastries and launch her into an exciting career in the culinary arts.


Her training journey began at The French Culinary Institute in NY where she received a Grand Diploma in Pastry Arts. She became a member of the school's Advisory Board from 2010-2012. Katie has worked in the Pastry kitchens of Le Cirque, The Russian Tea Room, Geoffrey Zakarian's Country, Olana, and the David Burke restaurant group. She has also lent her expertise as a culinary consultant, helping start-ups and established businesses 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 Culinary Producer on Seasons 2 and 3 and produced the pilot episode of Buddy Valastro's "Bakery Boss.” Katie was the Pastry Coordinator for Starchef's 2012 International Pastry Competition (she was a semifinalist in 2011) and a culinary instructor for two years at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.


Katie has appeared on The Today Show, Chopped, The New York Chocolate Show, Ehow.com, MTV.com, Howcast.com, and Martha Stewart Living Radio on Sirius XM. Her recipes have been printed 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, and various cookbooks.


As a culmination of her experience and passion, Katie opened Buttermilk Bakeshop in Park Slope, Brooklyn in 2013, specializing in homestyle American baked goods and cakes, and successfully sold the business in 2018. She recently released her first book, French Bread Baking for Beginners, which may be found here. Katie currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, daughter, and dog.

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