August 08, 1980
A Bit About Me…
Howdy! I’m Kevin and I’m so happy that you came to visit with me. My culinary career started out in the kitchen with my mom and grandma. One of my fondest memories was when my mom used to make cream puffs, I loved the eggy and doughy aroma wafting from the kitchen and always looked forward to dessert. Part of the deal was that my brother and I had to whip the cream for the puffs, unfortunately we didn’t have an electric mixer, we had those hand crank ones…yeah, the kind you find in antique shops these days. So there I was standing on a stool so I could reach the counter, whipping away so I could earn my treat. I think that’s why the hot cream puff shell right out of the oven became my favorite thing, lol.
I enjoyed the process and wanted to keep creating, so one Christmas I asked Santa for an Easy Bake Oven. I think he knew that he would benefit from the cookies as much as I would!
Eventually I got my first baking cookbook, Baking with Master Chefs by Julia Child and I baked along with the PBS series throughout high school and knew that culinary school was in my future.
After graduating Reno High School I attended the University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College but decided that I wanted to take the leap and go to culinary school. I moved to New York City and attended The French Culinary Institute and graduated in 2004. After that I returned to Reno and finished my college studies and ended up with an associates degree in Anthropology and an associates degree in General Studies all while honing my baking skills.
After 20 years in the culinary world it’s safe to say that I made the right decision to follow my dream!
Bakers vs. Fakers 2018
Season 2 Episode 13
Chopped Sweets 2020
Season 3 Episode 4
Spring Baking Championship: Easter 2023
Season 9 Episode 101-106
This was my first time competing on the Food Network!! It was the most amazing experience with the lights, camera and especially the action! Baking on camera was different and caught me off guard a little bit, but I held my own.
I was lucky enough to return to the Food Network studios to compete once again. This time I went head to head against some fierce competition in the dessert version of Chopped. It was just as intense as you see on tv, but since I’d done this before I felt more comfortable with the cameras following my every move.
Once again I was fortunate enough to be invited to compete against some talented bakers from across the country. The theme was Easter and we grabbed our lucky rabbits foot and hopped on in to bake up some goodies for Sunny Anderson and the judges.