Hi y’all!! Welcome to Chef Jocelyn the blog! I wanted to take a little time out and introduce myself and give you a little bit history! I figure if you are going to be going with me on the journey, then you can least know who I am and what I am about.
I wasn’t always know as Chef Jocelyn, I have had several other names as well: Mom, Wife, Housekeeper, Maid, Cook – the list goes on and on! Although I joke, those names help make up who I am today.
Who is Chef Jocelyn, and where did she come from, you ask?
Well, that’s complicated. I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I’m an only child – now I know your first thought – “she was a spoiled brat!” WRONG! If you were to ask my Mother she would describe me as anything but. I was not the stereotypical only child, I always had a heart to help everyone around me. I’ve always loved people and still do to this day!
As a child, I can remember my mother every summer sending me to my grandparents in the country, which was about hour from Tulsa, that is my first memory of food that I can remember. My first introduction to food was through their vegetable garden, which grew greens, carrots, corn, spinach, tomatoes, watermelons, cucumbers, and many other things that I cannot seem to remember. It was wonderful to me to plant and water the vegetables, and watch them grow then eventually pick them for that night’s dinner.
My Grandmother was very traditional and would have meals ready for when Grandpaw came home from working on the railroad tracks. I stayed right underfoot as she cooked, trying to understand everything she did – until she chased me out of the kitchen so she could work. Every summer was a different, wonderful lesson for me surrounding food.
It wasn’t until I was much older that I discovered I had a passion for baking. Baking was always my assignment during the holidays, and I would beg my grandmother for her dessert recipes (she never wrote it all down – either because she already knew and didn’t need to, or because she didn’t want anyone else to have her secrets – I never knew which.)
Eventually, I grew up, and in December 2009, with a push from my family, I enrolled in the Baking and Patisserie Program at the Le Cordon Bleu. Over the next 9 months I decided I was going to quit at least once a month, but I made it through the program successfully.
After an externship at Disney that required a cross-country move, I graduated with honors. I came home and after a short break to assess my options, I opened an online bakery we called SugaPlump Bakery, and the business was born.
I decided to start this blog to share recipes and maybe some insight along the way.
I’m active on social media as well – follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and especially SnapChat, where I share behind-the-scenes pics and snapstories about all the recipes I post on the blog!