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In part one of our “Meet the Chefs” series at One Ocean Resort & Spa, we caught up with our sweet pastry chef, Courtney, to dish on a few of our favorite topics {namely sugar and travel}!

 

1. Who first taught you how to bake?

My first baking experience was in high school when I was given the opportunity to attend a trade school for half the day. The program allowed 5 weeks culinary experience and 5 weeks pastry, alternating for two years.

 

2. When did you realize you had a love for creating sweet treats?

My love for sweets developed at a young age when I decorated my first cake. The idea of creating edible art to this day still fascinates me.

 

 3. What was the first pastry you ever made?

Apple Pie

 

4. If you could only have one dessert for the rest of your life, what would it be?

If I could have only one dessert for the rest of my life, without hesitation it would be a warm chocolate chip cookie. Fulfillment does not have to be complicated.

 

5. Have any of your travels influenced your baking, and if so, in what ways?       

My travels have led me to all four corners of the country and each experience has contributed to my personal and professional growth. Baking in different elevations and heat indexes can take a minute to adjust to.

 

6. When it comes to events with friends and family, are you usually the head chef or do you prefer to share the kitchen?

I enjoy cooking with someone else in the kitchen in my spare time. It allows me to teach and share a very important part of my life with the ones closest to me.

 

7. What is your favorite weeknight meal to prepare yourself?

Any night of the week you could find me cooking up a variety of vegetables whether it’s in a stir fry style dish or pasta.

 

8. What foods or ingredients will never touch your plate?

Non-traditional seafood never spiked my interest.

 

11. What are your thoughts on the recent cronut-craze or other dessert trends of the past year?

Although I stay aware of current trends I like to keep an open mind in hopes to not have tunnel vision.

 

12. What do you consider to be your greatest epicurean accomplishment to date?

My greatest epicurean accomplishment is not a specific date or event in time but the realization to fully appreciate quality ingredients and the difference they make. Quality is everything to a passionate chef and the clarity to see that is one that I am proud of.

 

13. You live in sunny Florida, but given the choice, do you prefer a vacation by the sea or snow?

Given the choice I prefer a vacation by the snow. A rustic cabin in the mountains is my go to when I take time to relax.

 

14. If you weren’t whipping up delectable pastries for a living, what would be your occupation?

If I wasn’t a Pastry Chef I would start a non-profit sanctuary for abused and neglected farm animals. I would also donate my time educating the public about the importance of consuming local organic ingredients and supporting small family owned businesses.

 

15. If you could bake or dine with anyone in the world, who would it be?

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and celebrity Ellen DeGeneres

 

Thank you, Courtney! Check out what delicious {and gorgeous} creations Courtney is currently offering at Azurea here: http://bit.ly/1etEJT8.
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About 10 months ago by One Ocean Resort

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