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jessi altrock

I grew up in a small town in central New York with a love of desserts and a dad who loved to cook and bake. He insisted on making breakfast most days and I learned the fine art of flipping pancakes from him. To this day breakfast is my favorite meal to cook and eat. He even taught me to make my first pie crust. We used Crisco rather than butter, but I’ve come a long way since then.

So it comes as no surprise that I found myself in pastry. My journey here took a while though; after college I worked for an insurance company for a few years before I left for culinary school and a job that I’m excited about from the moment I wake up (even at 4 AM!) I get to make delicious food every day that makes people happy. What’s better than that?

When I’m not at work, I’m still in the kitchen at home, experimenting with sourdough or pickles or trying to make the perfect gnocchi. I spend the tiny part of my life that is not consumed by food trying my hand at other creative pursuits, like pottery, or listening to true crime podcasts, riding my bike around Boston, and snuggling my adorable dog and cat.