Pastry Chef, JRDN

Studied at: Grossmont College

What is the first recipe you ever baked?
The first recipe I recall baking was Christmas sugar cookies when I was about six. They were a disaster to say the least. It all started off when my cousin preheated the oven, and left a pizza box in there. The entire house room was filled with smoke and set off the fire alarm…It all went downhill from there.

What’s your go-to dessert?
All custard everything! They are so rich and velvety smooth.

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What are some of your favorite flavor combinations for baked goods?
Coconut and mango, dark chocolate and salted caramel, brown butter and pretzel.

What inspired you to become a chef?
Seeing peoples reactions when they receive a dish!

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What advice would you offer to anyone looking to start a culinary career?
I would advise people to read as much as they can. Also, keep up with current and upcoming trends. Always be open-minded, willing to learn new techniques, and be prepared to be pushed to your limit.