Anne Baldzikowski

 

Bio

I graduated from the culinary program at Cabrillo in 1984, when the student-run-restaurant, The Back Dining Room, was tucked away behind the cafeteria. Today the restaurant The Pino Alto Room, is located in the beautiful Sesnon House.

After cooking at various restaurants in Santa Cruz County, I continued my pastry studies at Tante Marie's Ecole de Cuisine, in San Francisco.

Upon graduating I moved on down south and baked at the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara, managed three campus restaurants at UCSB, and then jumped on a plane to further my pastry studies in Europe.

I returned to Santa Cruz with fresh ideas and confidence and opened my first wholesale bakery, The Queen of Tarts. I quickly gathered coffee house customers, caterers, and hotels as my clients. After delivering tarts, cheesecakes, and chocolate cakes from Palo Alto to Monterey for one year I sold the business to go back to school.

At San Jose State University, I developed my passion for food writing. After graduating in 1992, with a bachelors degree, in journalism and a minor in nutrition, I had a weekly column as the food critic for the Good Times weekly newspaper.

Eating and writing about food was enjoyable, but I still missed baking for the masses, so I started Let Them Eat Cake. This company allowed me to create 50 or so hand made wedding cakes a year. Meeting with clients and making their cake dreams become reality was both challenging and invigorating.

When the opportunity came to teach at Cabrillo in 2001, I jumped at the chance. The wedding cake business ate up my weekend hours with my young family and I craved the chance to share my secrets with those who were interested in entering this highly creative field.

Today, I have broadened my horizons at Cabrillo by teaching a variety of culinary courses, offering one-day classes to the community, consulting at local restaurants, as well as being a guest chef for culinary clubs.