Food is the thing that connects us all. From the people who painstakingly grow our food to the hard workers that prepare the food to the billions of people that consume it. Whether we realize it or not, aside from all of our differences, it's what makes us all the same in some way. We need it for survival, use it for an income, and love it for all of it's nourishment and joy, Making food for other people has always been, and will always be, a great passion and source of fulfillment for me. I love what it represents in its entirety and I also love the simple fact that I can make someone smile just by handing them a slice of cake.
I've always known I wanted to be even a small part of the giant food landscape. I started working in the food biz when I was 16, waiting tables. What permanently pulled me into food as a career was seeing the impact that selling food could have on people's lives. A family could open a restaurant and send their kids to college, a passionate chef could work 80+ hours a week to save up for their dream of an ice cream shop, or a single mom could start a bakery from her home to make ends meet. Being immersed in the industry for over a decade has shaped who I am as a person and the way that I hope to make an impact.
I've done everything from bussing tables to sweating it out on the line in a dinner rush to managing a hotel kitchen. I've tried it all and found my love in dessert. I wake up every day and think about sweets and how I can use my passion to pay it forward. EVERY DAY, ALL DAY. You could call me obsessed (as my wife does), but I like to think I'm driven and focused. I'm on a permanent mission to turn my creativity into a way to help as many people as possible.
I'm a perpetual student, always seeking out new techniques and better ways to do things. I do this simply so that I can pass on my knowledge to anyone who wishes to learn more about food. I teach because it gives me purpose and I genuinely enjoy talking to people. Being involved in a community means so much to me.
My hope is to inspire you enough to pass on all of the things that you learn. To master the art and love for, not just dessert, but all food.