For years, I was a fearful cook and baker--like sweaty-neck fearful.
After years of reading cookbooks, watching cooking and baking shows, and experimenting in the kitchen, I left a 16-year special education career to attend culinary school. I landed in a wonderful fine dining restaurant in Winter Park, Florida, where everyone was fearless, playing with their food on a daily basis. It was always, "I wonder what would happen if we..." and then we'd try it and find out. By the time chef handed me a 6th pan of horseradish broth and asked me to turn it into a sorbet for an appetizer, I knew my fearful days were totally behind me!
I started this site to help people overcome kitchen anxiety and paralysis through teaching basic pastry methods and techniques necessary to be able to bake and cook with confidence. Over the years, I have added hundreds of recipes to complement my technique posts. Please use this site as the resource I have built it to be, and feel free to contact me anytime. I'm happy to help you on your journey to being fearless in the kitchen!
If you're new to Pastry Chef Online, this page is a great place to start to get the lay of the land!