Hi everyone! I’m Grace.
I currently live in Toronto, but grew up in a small town about an hour from there called Elora, Ontario.
Cooking and baking have always been a huge part of my life. Some of my best childhood memories are of myself and my dad in the kitchen baking bread, crimping perogis, stirring soups, mixing chocolate chip cookies…..you get the point. Being in the kitchen has always been a great outlet for me to relieve my stress and spark my creativity. For the past three years, I have been living in Ottawa studying psychology at the University of Ottawa. Psychology really intrigued me, but that’s about as far as it went. I wasn’t inspired by the things I was learning, and I was becoming frustrated with the career paths (or lack thereof) that this field was presenting me. To calm this frustration, quite often I found myself baking up a pan of fudge-y chocolate-y brownies for me and my housemates before exams, coming home and staying up late preparing meals for the next day, and spending my weekends looking at recipes that I wanted to try. It took me three years to realize that the one constant thing in my life keeping me happy was, the kitchen. It brought me back to my happy memories with my family, and I feel at peace there. This is why I want to become a chef.
Currently I am studying Culinary Management & Nutrition at George Brown College located in downtown Toronto. This combined with my competitive curling schedule,
Fun fact about me: I am a two-time Ontario provincial gold medalist, and a Canadian silver medalist in curling. Read about our run at Canadian Junior Nationals: here
I have little time to maintain a part-time job. I look forward to the winter semester where I can create time to gain more experience in the industry.
Ever since I was a little girl, food has always been about an experience. My family always sits down for every meal together, share stories about our day, and enjoy a good meal together. I was very fortunate growing up as my family traveled somewhere new every summer. Wherever we were, whether it be Denmark, Paris, Australia, Chile, California, Iceland… we cherished and embraced as many food experiences as we could. Food has always been really important to me because it’s not just about eating for the sake of eating- its about eating for the sake of experience and enjoyment.
With this blog I hope to be able to look back on everything I make and learn and see my growth through my journey at George Brown and then beyond that.
Check out my blog inspiration: A Hint Of Vanilla The photos she uses are so clear and beautiful, and so is her concept of using local, high quality ingredients. Megan’s journey is very similar to mine, with her love of baking, and she also attended university and found herself on the wrong path and decided to make a change to better herself. I appreciate reading about a young Canadian woman who is successful in this journey. Megan’s photos are big, bright, and beautiful- if I had to change something about her blog it would be to make the photo’s slightly smaller to increase the area where her words and thoughts can be shared as well! She has great ideas!
“Baking may be regarded as a science, but it’s the chemistry between the ingredients and the cook that gives desserts life. Baking is done out of love, to share with family and friends, to see them smile.” – Anna Olsen”