Hi! I'm Steph!
Anyone who knows me knows I developed a very early obsession for food, and especially, all things sweet. I was always (and still am) a firm believer that there's always room for dessert! It’s delicious (obvi) but also a great way to bring a smile to people’s faces.
So a little about my background… I come from a Chinese immigrant family that began here when my grandmother came to America in the ‘60s. Ambitious and eager to start working, she opened a restaurant in New Jersey. That’s where my mom learned the culinary ropes and picked up her amazing cooking skills. When my parents moved to California, they had a couple plucky daughters including yours truly, and we grew up eating INCREDIBLE Chinese food every night. But, there wasn’t a lot of baking going on so my skills capped out with box mix cakes and slice & bake sugar cookies.
Fast forward to Christmas 2011, when my boyfriend (now awesome hubby) gave me my first Kitchen Aid stand mixer in a beautiful pistachio color. It was the BEST gift ever! Not only did he take a leap of faith giving his girlfriend a household appliance, he knew it was one of those things I always wanted but would never buy for myself. I was instantly hooked! First cookies, then cakes, then the rest was history! And what started as an evening hobby to relieve stress from my crazy job, baking has opened up a whole new world of passion, creativity and talent I never knew I had!
Now in my 30s, I've entered your typical existential crisis of figuring out what to do with my life! After spending nearly a decade focused on climbing the ranks in ad agencies managing some of the biggest brands in the world, I quit my corporate job in pursuit of a more balanced life and to see where a life in baking can take me.
In between my share of panic attacks about how I'm going to make a living, I took the biggest leap yet by auditioning and then being selected for Season 2 of ABC's The Great American Baking Show. I'm excited to see where this journey will take me and to share with everyone my point of view on baking - melding beloved flavors from my childhood with modern day baked goods! So feel free to take a look around, and please don’t hesitate to say hello. :)