I’m not sure when I first met Stephany Buswell, whether she still had her cake business or whether she was teaching at Cabrillo College and baking for restaurants. Whenever we first met, she was already on her way in creating herself as a local legend, though I’m sure she never saw herself in that light.
Chefany went on to manage two very popular bakeries in Santa Cruz as well as to teach at Cabrillo College. When the Professional Culinary Institute (PCI) in Campbell, California opened and was looking for a pastry chef, I suggested that they interview Stephany: They hired her on the spot! An excellent school with an exemplary staff, Stephany has made a name for herself, training fledgling bakers right out of high school alongside Silicon Valley executives wanting a new career.
Despite her skill in all areas of baking, when asked about some of her favorite baked goods, she’s likely to say, “The cheesecake my mother made in the 1950s,” or, “A good simple buttercream on a freshly baked cake.”
Chefany has a series of culinary videos, a cake and pastry gallery, information on classes at PCI and much more. She also now has a blog, A Sweet Affair, Come Bake with Chefany, with detailed directions and photos to coach you through the recipe. You can also find Chefany on Facebook. Always down-to-earth, accessible and full of humor, cooking with Chefany is a memorable experience.