Stephanie Gelman

Stephanie G.

Berkeley, CA
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Stephanie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
1998

After 15 years working in high-tech I had enough of the constant stress, demanding work and long hours scrunched at my desk trying to solve other peoples issues. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do next so I started taking classes in anything that sounded interesting. I took my first cooking class at the local community college and loved the way it made me feel. It wasn't until I took my first baking class in this degree program that I knew I was home. After graduating with a hospitality management degree, I transferred to Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island to earn a degree in Pastry Arts

My first job was with the Rhode Island Hospital. This hospital had received great recognition for the quality of food the kitchen produced. The director wanted to create a pastry program to expand the selections even more. Thus started my career.

Coming back to the bay area, I wanted a more autonomous position, so I went into business for my self; first with a whole sale bakery which morphed into a catering business. I did this for 12 years, and loved it. All this time I was teaching community baking classes, adult education baking and pastry classes, and teaching part time at Mission College in Santa Clara.

I was then asked by Mission Valley ROP program to create a culinary/pastry program from scratch. It was a real challenge, but I found I really like challenges. From there I went to work for Whole Foods as a Pastry Chef.

After a few years of working for WFM I started teaching at the Art Institute in San Francisco. From there I went to Le Cordon Bleu, Also in San Francisco.

In the middle of all this I got married to a wonderful man.

The Cordon Bleu closed in September of 2016. Which brings me to the present. I am passionate about teaching baking and pastry, and hope to create a program which will allow students to understand baking, not to just follow recipes. My goal is to flame the creativity, and passion in my student, and fuel the desire to keep learning.

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Experience

Pastry Chef / Instructor
Jan 2014 - Mar 2016
Le Cordon Bleu

Taught all beginning and intermediate pastry classes. Includes all basic baking and pastry skills, chocolate, wedding cakes, specialty desserts, classic pastry skills (both Italian and French)
School closed September 2017

Education

Bachalors in Business / Hotel & Restaurant Management
Aug 2011 - Aug 2013
University of Phoenix, Oakland
Baking and Pastry Arts
Sep 1994 - Feb 1996
Johnson & Wales Univ

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Food Handlers Certificate
Jun 2017
State of California

Trained in safety and sanitation, and able to work with raw foods without causing comtaminations

Photos & Videos

Charlotte's Web Birthday Cake

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Did my own wedding cake. All flowers are handmade. Original design. Used white and green leaves.

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Wedding cake.  Buttercream, fresh roses, pearls.

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Hand made antique chocolate roses .  Wedding cake

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Plated dessert.  Brownie with toasted marshmallow, chocolate deco, Pink Lemon aid sorbet, Dried orange slices

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Plated dessert, Chocolate, strawberry mousse. Caramel dipped cookies, Chocolate ganache truffles in a cream vanilla sauce

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Chocolate Wedding Cake.  Italian Buttercream and Chocolate mousse icing.   Unfinished, but mostly done.

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Apple Pie.

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Croquenbuche.  Tiny cream puffs filled with vanilla or chocolate pastry cream.   Oops.  Someone snagged one before I could take the picture.
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Shanna Nardone May 23, 2018
Baking · In home

Had a great time learning the basics of pie and bread making with Chef Stephanie. She is very knowledgeable, patient and hands on. She helped create a curriculum that I was interested in and was well organized, so I was able to have everything I needed before the class to ensure it's success.

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