an alumnus of the culinary institute of america living and working in williamsburg, virginia.
the path taken to williamsburg started in new york city and includes washington dc, san francisco and a 19 year stint in nashville, tn. my husband and i moved to nashville to raise our two daughters and while there, we operated a bakery cafe for 5 years. after closing the cafe, i began working at the loveless cafe and worked in the position of cafe pastry chef for 10 years. it was my responsibility to develop the recipes used for all of the desserts served by the cafe. for the last 25 years, i have held the title of pastry chef but have always had a fascination with photography.
in 2007, my first cookbook, Sky High, was released. the process of writing and testing the recipes took more than 6 months. when it came time to photograph the cakes, i was lucky to be included in the week long shoot. it was a pleasure to watch photographer tina rupp and food stylist alison attenborough work and a priveledge to provide minor technical assistance. in 2011, my second book, Desserts from the famous Loveless Cafe, featuring many of the recipes for desserts served in the cafe was released. this time, karen mordechai shot the photos but i had the task of producing all of the food used in the photos! it was fascinating to take part in the process and i learned a lot about preparing food for photographs. to round it all out, i have taken multiple classes on digital photography at watkins college of art, design and film.
if you can't find me in the kitchen, chances are i am in the garden and more than likely, i have a camera with me and a cat following me.