This is my story…
My name is Stacey and I live in Massachusetts with my husband, and two children. We relocated from Stuart, Florida to New England in August 2015. Since we have been living here, we have been homeschooling our girls, so they are on my husband’s work schedule, which is crazy.
I knew at an early age when I was “playing” with my Easy-Bake Oven that I wanted to be a chef. When I was 11, I wrote to Bobby Flay telling him how I twisted around one of his recipes. Three months later I received a call from his producer asking me to come to New York City to see a taping of his show and to go to his restaurants. I wanted to go, but I couldn’t as my family, and I had just moved from Michigan to Florida where my dad became a minister of a small church.
When I was 14, I got my first job at Tropical Smoothie Café where I dressed on the side of a busy street in a banana costume to bring customers inside. However, my first day I was trained on smoothies, wraps, and running the cash register. During my sophomore year of high school, I got into the culinary program at my school where I competed in culinary competitions and got a job as an apprentice in a local country club. I would later come back to this country club as their Executive Sous Chef.
I attended Johnson & Wales University in North Miami and majored in Culinary Arts and completed two internships in Germany. I made the most of my time at Johnson & Wales, volunteering, working for the University, and helping the chef instructors on catered parties. My last internship in Germany is where I met my husband, Victor. He was my supervisor and we worked great together. After I completed my education, I moved over to Germany for one year. During this time is where I worked in Pastry! I loved it and learned so many things every day.
In 2009, I came back to Florida and worked in a resort in Palm Beach. Victor and I were married in 2010 and in 2012 we welcomed our first daughter, Isabelle. Here is where my life was forever changed! No degree or education ever prepared me for motherhood. I knew I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom as chef life and family life don’t mix. In 2013, I went back to my old high school and taught part-time culinary arts. This was wonderful opportunity for me to pass on what I have learned. In 2015, Gabriella was born, and life turned upside down as my husband lost his job. We were planning to buy a house in Florida closer to his job. We looked for work all over Florida and found nothing. All of our plans were shot down, but we know that God had his hand over it all. My husband applied for a job in Massachusetts and he heard back in 20 minutes, we knew this is where God wanted us to be.
When we moved to New England it was totally different than Florida for sure. I joined a MOPS group (Mothers of Preschoolers) and it was exactly what I and my girls needed; we had found our community. For the past 5 years, I have been food-blogging so I can keep up my skills and have a tie with the industry that I love so much. I also learned about food photography, SEO, and creating my website.
In March, we had a local cookie artist and fellow MOPS mom come and teach my MOPS group how to cookie decorate and I was hooked!!! During quarantine, I took class after class loving it even more! On May 16, I became a licensed residential kitchen and I have loved every minute of it. I am so happy that I can continue to be a part of the industry that I love in a new way.