Have you always been interested in a career in the food industry?
I started college for Bio Chem before making a switch to culinary. I always loved baking but did not think I could make a career out of it until I got my first job at Flour Bakery in Boston. I started as a barista and eventually moved to the back of house while attending culinary school.
What are some of your favorite pastry recipes that you have created?
My favorite things to make usually go hand in hand with what I like to eat. I enjoy making things that are simple and nostalgic and then reinterpret them. I once did a dessert that was based on the flavors of Chicago mix popcorn. Another one was a different interpretation of tiramisu using chicory and cinnamon. The most successful recipes that were created achieved a balance between, sweet, salty, acid, and texture.
Which local women inspire you?
Malika Ameen, Dana Cree, Ji Yoon are all talented chefs in Chicago. Joanne Chang in Boston, Ann Kim in Minneapolis. They are all great role models in the industry.
What are your favorite places to eat and drink in the city?
On our days off we just want to eat something delicious and satisfying. We go to El Che Bar, Cafe Marie Jeanne, Cellar Door Provisions, and Cho Sun Ok.
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