I attend The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institute of Tampa. I’ve always had a passion for baking and had considered the culinary field while I was in high school but chose computers instead. Through the years I have always been the person in the office that everyone would turn to make cakes and was even nicknamed “Betty Crocker”. Then I found & fell in love with the Rolling Pin. I quickly became an assistant. It has opened my culinary palate and made me realize I how much I wanted more. That’s when I enrolled in culinary school.
When I first started all I wanted to do was pastries until I took the Artisan Bread class. I had a new love, bread! Nothing compares to bread fresh out of the oven, which you mixed, shaped, & baked. Last quarter I finally took the advice of Chef Dave and changed my major from the diploma to the degree program, which includes culinary classes. My first class was Fundamentals of Classic Cuisine and my instructor was Chef Gui Alinat. Someday I hope to be as good as my two favorite chef’s.
I have been at the Rolling Pin about five years now. Currently, I am finishing up my general education classes at The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institute of Tampa. I will then obtain my Associates Degree in Baking/Pastry in June. I was blessed to become Chef Dave’s Sous Chef full time and have learned so much in since I have been here. It is hard to say what my favorite cuisines are as I like a little bit of everything. I enjoy making breads and would like to study more Latin and Italian cuisine. Someday I would love to travel to Italy to enhance my knowledge about the cuisine. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and learning here at the Rolling Pin. It has challenged me to be a better chef.