When the pandemic arrived in mid-March 2020, Alexis Wells was furloughed from her job as a part-time pastry cook dinner on the Omni La Costa Resort. However the job loss would turn into a blessing in disguise for the 25-year-old Carlsbad resident.
Nearly instantly, Wells landed a full-time chef and administration place at a connoisseur bakery in Carlsbad. Then she launched two new unbiased baking companies of her personal. And at last, she earned herself a slot in Meals Community’s “Spring Baking Championship” competitors collection, which returns for its eighth season premiere on Feb. 28.
Wells stated that regardless of the pandemic, the previous two years have turn into an vital interval of non-public improvement for her long-range profession dream, which is to personal a Michelin-starred plated dessert restaurant.
However within the meantime, she’s wanting ahead to tuning in subsequent weekend to look at “Spring Baking Championship.” She’s not allowed to say how she did on the 10-episode collection, however she stated simply being part of this system made her really feel like a winner.
“It was very thrilling and such a good time to be there,” Wells stated of the collection, which lately accomplished filming in Tennessee. “I met 12 wonderful pastry cooks from all around the the U.S. they usually have been all at so many ability ranges.”
Wells was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, the place she stated she knew from the age of 4 she wished to work within the kitchen. Her great-grandmother had owned bakeries and each of her mother and father are entrepreneurs, so she started planning for her future dessert enterprise. After highschool, she moved to San Diego to attend culinary college on scholarship on the San Diego Artwork Institute, the place she earned a certificates in baking and pastry and a bachelor’s diploma in culinary administration. After graduating she joined the Omni resort workers, the place she educated underneath government pastry chef Keith Wallace. He mentored Wells in creating intricately designed French-style plated desserts with only a few elements.
In January 2020, she started splitting her time at Omni and doing menu consulting for different companies, together with The Items Bakehouse, a 5-year-old doughnut and croissant bakery and coffeehouse in Carlsbad Village. When she was furloughed from Omni, the household who owns The Items provided her a full-time job. At the moment, she’s the store’s government chef and supervisor, overseeing a workers of bakers, decorators, baristas and servers. She stated the store is understood for its connoisseur doughnuts and brightly coloured seasonal croissants.
When she was in culinary college, Wells stated she started coming into pastry competitions across the nation to hone her abilities. Within the years since, she has taken half in practically 30 competitions and stated she has medaled in 12 of them. She stated she has a naturally aggressive nature and thrives on the problem.
“I did so many aggressive issues in my life once I was youthful like bodybuilding, gymnastics and cheerleading. That was my launch once I wasn’t within the kitchen. That translated into my work ethic and being very aggressive and at all times making an attempt to be higher,” she stated.
Wells stated she has been a fan of the “Baking Championship” TV collection for a few years and has lengthy adopted the careers of the present’s judges and host. Final 12 months, she felt assured that she was able to audition for her first community tv competitors present. The audition course of included making each a cake and a plated dessert for the audition panel to show her abilities. Her audition items have been a vanilla sponge and chocolate brownie layer cake embellished like a sizzling air balloon and a plated dessert made with substances together with lemon zest and turmeric.
Wells stated the expertise of filming the collection was thrilling and exhausting. To remain sharp and targeted, she and a fellow baker would rise up at 4:30 a.m. to go for three-mile run to begin their day. The stress on the set was intense, however Wells stated she dealt with her nerves by staying targeted on the duties. Among the many spring-themed competitions the bakers will face this season are making a floral bonanza cake, fruit tarts that replicate their personalities and a twist on a mardi gras king cake.
Wells stated considered one of her favourite experiences was assembly present choose Duff Goldman, star of the cooking collection “Ace of Muffins.”
“I grew up watching ‘Ace of Muffins’ so I used to be tremendous stoked once I received to fulfill Duff. He’s fairly an attention-grabbing man,” she stated.
Apart from working at The Items, Wells additionally runs her personal non-public pastry enterprise, Desserts by Alexis, and she or he and a pal lately began a celebration occasion enterprise Style & Paint, the place ticket-buyers paint pre-sketched canvases and eat three totally different desserts and hors d’oeuvres that Wells prepares. The month-to-month occasions happen on the fifth and Sky Roof Prime Lounge in downtown San Diego.
“Spring Baking Championship” premieres at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 on each Meals Community and on the streaming platform Discovery+.