Chic culinary artist and confectioner Julia Baker, serves as founder, head chef and CEO of Julia Baker Confections. Originally beginning her career as a statistician, Julia ultimately followed her passion for food and took her personal and professional dreams in another direction. Julia believed that learning classical French techniques would be essential to creating extraordinary cuisine, and promptly moved to Paris to enroll in culinary school at the world-renowned Le Cordon Bleu Paris.
In 2002, Julia graduated first in her class and obtained the Grande Diplôme de Cuisine & de Pâtisserie – the highest diplomas in both pastry and cuisine from the school. Due to her high ranking, Julia was granted a prestigious internship under famed Alain Ducasse protégé, Jean-Louis Nomicos. In order to refine her skills in classic cake decoration, Julia continued her studies with Sue MacMahon, famed sugar-paste flower artist and chef of The Queen Mum’s 100th birthday cake.
Though well-versed in all areas of cuisine, Julia realized that her true passion was in the creation of desserts and chocolate. In 2004, she moved to Scottsdale, Arizona and founded Gateaux & Chocolats, which served as a catering company prior to establishing Julia Baker Confections in 2006. Today, Julia Baker Confections focuses exclusively on luxury chocolates and custom cake creations. Her sweet creations have garnered Julia notoriety as the “Chocolatier to the Stars” and singer/songwriter Alicia Keys has called Julia “breathtakingly talented.” Among the many celebrities Julia has made chocolates for are Bono & U2, Paris Hilton, Jennifer Aniston, and Britney Spears.
As head chef and CEO of Julia Baker Confections, Julia personally writes and creates all of her recipes and trains her select employees in the creation of her high quality desserts – all of which are made from scratch without any preservatives or artificial ingredients. Each day she produces her signature French caramel and chocolate mousse, as well as tailored chocolate blends made from top chocolate producers. Along with creating custom chocolate orders in her Scottsdale-based factory, she is solely responsible for the design and construction of her legendary custom cakes which are reserved as far as 2 years in advance. All cakes are hand-designed by Julia and unique for each occasion, ranging from simply moist white wedding cakes to decadently rich chocolate creations.
Julia's chocolates, desserts, and cakes are currently available through private ordering and select high-end boutiques. Additionally, Julia's retail line of chocolates is available online at www.juliabakerconfections.com.