I’m The Avid Baker and I have a long-standing relationship with baking/pastry and dabbling in culinary related adventures which include: writing for a food column in university, working as a part- time apprentice at a bakery and as a sous-pastry chef (Oliver and Bonacini Cafe), as a Culinary Assistant at Dish Cooking School, as an editorial assistant to Chef Monica Glass (Clio Restaurant in Boston) and her blog ‘Pastry Princess’, and taking a few baking and pastry courses at culinary school using a James Beard Scholarship I received from the foundation. I also have my own mini-business where I bake all sorts of delightful ‘made-to-order’ desserts.
As well, I am a freelance writer. I write about Design, Arts & Culture, Technology, Fashion, Beauty, Spas, Events in the city, and of course, food/baking & dining out.
Currently I work at a design and branding agency in Leslieville. I’m a Copywriter for a number of brands (i.e. Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, Creemore Springs) and Social Community Manager for a number of Fast-casual food brands. It’s a fantastic fit for me because I adore sharing stories about food and culture; it’s my passion.
Recently, I have taken a shine to photographing my adventures (edible or not!) in Toronto and abroad, as well as profiling the amazing baked goodies that come out of my oven. I use a Canon Rebel T2i for all my pictures. I insist on taking advantage of natural lighting for all of my food shots (whenever possible).
I bake; therefore, I am :)
I hope to continue dishing out tasty tales with my blog, This Gorgeous Town via The Avid Baker.
Happy Baking and Exploring!
p.s. the post “Baking Brouhaha with a Midnight Pie” gives a more detailed run-down of how this blog came to be birthed (not as painful as that just sounded, I promise) and why I like to bake – a lot.
Email me for questions and/or comments: leigh (dot) leigh (dot) 8 @gmail.com