What is your favorite dessert? I am a sucker for a good old fashioned chocolate chip cookie (try Sarah’s recipe here). And chocolate souffles, chocolate almond toffee, black and white cupcakes….pretty much anything chocolate!
What’s your favorite cookbook for baking? Rose Levy Beranbaum’s The Cake Bible (ironically Grandbaby Cakes will be featuring an interview with the famous Rose soon! Stay tuned!!)
What has been your worst disaster in the kitchen? I was working at a restaurant and someone accidentally filled the sugar bin with salt. Needless to say, it was not an edible batch of raspberry sorbet!
What is the best dessert you have ever eaten? Where do you order it?
What was the most valuable lesson you took away from owning your bakery Sarah‘s Pastries & Candies? I learned the importance of consistency and of making sure the product was both delicious and served with a smile. The food has to taste good and the service has to be great in order to truly make people happy.
What is your favorite recipe in your cookbook Sweetness? How did you get inspiration for that recipe? The black and white cupcakes. It is a spin off of the black and white cookies from New York, which ironically I had for the first time at Olivia’s Market in Chicago (they fly them in from New York).
Is there a pastry chef or baker that you model your baking after or one that you look up to? Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer at the French Pastry School. He is my mentor. He is extremely skilled and also has fun while doing it!
What is your advice for someone who is looking to enter your field? Work in the field to get experience and make sure that you like it! If you are passionate about pastries and willing to work hard, it will pay off.
Why is dessert important? There’s something decadent and indulging about dessert. Life is short, you should always eat dessert!
To learn more about Sarah, visit her here at http://slevyfoods.com/
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– Prize description- One copy of Sweetness: Delicious Treats Baked Treats for Every Occasion sponsored by Agate Publishing.
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