In the spring, the well-being of honey bees is at the forefront of our minds. After all, we all benefit from thriving pollinators. Interested in supporting a healthy bee population? Come out to support Seward Co-op bakers as they compete in the 4th annual Dandelion Honey Pastry Chef Challenge! They have been putting in a considerable amount of time and energy perfecting their recipe and are excited to support this very important cause. Using dandelion honey as the sole sweetener is a challenge, but Seward Co-op bakers are a strong team, believing their dessert will be wonderful and packing a punch of sweet honey flavor. Learn more about our bakers below.
Taylor graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in 2012. She has been baking her whole life and it has been her passion for a long time. She specializes in bread pudding and cream puffs. Taylor has been with Seward Co-op for nearly three years and serves as the Bakery Supervisor. She was previously the pastry chef at Grandview Lodge. This will be Taylor’s first time competing in the Beez Kneez Dandelion Honey Pastry Chef Challenge, but this isn’t her first competition. She took home best dessert twice during competitions at Grandview.
Laura Buckman is a 2013 graduate of Le Cordon Bleu MSP. Since graduating she has worked at several bakeries in Minneapolis. Laura has worked in the bakery at Seward Co-op for the last three years and has recently became a lead. She specializes in decorating and French macaroons. This will be Laura's first time assisting in the Beez Kneez Dandelion Honey Pastry Chef Challenge and she is very excited to see what all these amazing pastry chefs can do with honey!
Mike is the newest lead to come to Seward Co-op. He comes with a strong baking background, focused on bread. This will be Mike’s first time competing in the Beez Kneez Dandelion Honey Pastry Chef Challenge. However, Mike has been baking since he was very young. In first grade, he entered his honey bran muffins to the talent show.