Back in 2005, I thought I was moving to New York to attend New York University, but little did I know that a position at Bouley restaurant in Tribeca would spur my true passion for pastries and launch me into an exciting career in the Pastry Arts.
My training journey began at The French Culinary Institute in NY where I received a Grand Diploma in Pastry Arts. I became a member of the school's Advisory Board from 2010-2012. I worked in the kitchens of Le Cirque, The Russian Tea Room, Geoffrey Zakarian's Country, Olana, and the David Burke restaurant group. I also lent my expertise along the way 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, I went on to work as Culinary Producer on Seasons 2 and 3 and produced the pilot episode of Buddy Valastro's "Bakery Boss.” I was the Pastry Coordinator for Starchef's 2012 International Pastry Competition (where I was a semifinalist in 2011) and a Chef Instructor for two years at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.
I've 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. My recipes have been printed in Food & Wine, Woman's World, 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 my experience and passion, I opened Buttermilk Bakeshop in Park Slope, Brooklyn in 2013, specializing in homestyle American baked goods and cakes, and successfully sold the business in 2018. I released my first book, French Bread Baking for Beginners, in 2022, which may be found here. I currently live in New Jersey with my husband, daughter, and our dog Izzy. I work remotely as a recipe developer and online cooking school manager.
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