This month we interviewed Jessica, aka The Stubborn Baker. Find out what inspires her, and why she once ended up eating Camel!
Jessica runs her custom baking company out of the Commissary Connect Kitchens, she also often hosts decorating workshops at the pop-up space on site. Check out her website and Instagram for updates on the next workshop and to see her beautiful creations!
How was the idea for your business born?
My love for baking started as a child. I grew up watching my Mother and Grandmother create delicious desserts for Holidays and was keen to get involved in the process for as long as I can remember. My love for the decorating side of things came a bit later in life. When I was 15 years old I had an accident that resulted in a spinal cord injury and left me quadriplegic. As I learned to adapt to my new life I found myself struggling with the loss of hobbies that I previously loved but could no longer do and was desperately looking for something to fill that void. Cake decorating ended up being a big piece of that — I took all of the Wilton courses that were offered by Michaels at the time and have been absorbing as much information from my environment and honing my skills ever since. It took a 4 year English degree, a brief venture into the event planning sphere, a 2 year hiatus to play wheelchair rugby and a whole lot of cakes for friends and family to realize that I wanted baking and decorating to be a bigger part of my life, so in 2018 I decided to go back to school to study Baking and Pastry Arts and continue to fine-tune my skills. At the end of that program I was left with a decision — search for a job working for someone else or start a business that would be all mine and would allow me to bake and create the things I felt most passionate about — I suppose the rest is history!
Where did the name ‘The Stubborn Baker’ come from?
Whats the best thing for you about being an entrepreneur?
Favorite cafe in Vancouver?
Which one meal would you want to have with you if you were stranded on a desert island?
What was the first dish you learned to cook?
Most memorable dinner you have ever had?
Who inspires you the most?
What are your goals for 2020?
Career highlight so far?
Jean Jacques Kabuya (Chef Jacques) is all about good food. He began his career by cooking at small events for friends and family, but as word got out and catering requests increased, he realized that he could turn this into the business he always wanted.
Anita Lopez started Cinco Estrelas, a Portuguese catering company, as a way to spend more time with her son while also generating an income. Her family used to own a restaurant called Cinco Estrelas and it was a big part of her childhood. She wanted to offer the same experience to her son.