I am a Culinary Institute of America graduate with a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts.
I have over 20 years experience in the professional baking industry with my most recent 10 years spent as the owner of a bakery in New Jersey.
I sold my bakery in late 2014 to continue sharing my recipes here and on my YouTube Channel
The dilemma I faced most recently though, with my original (non vegan) blog was that I have been vegetarian for 10 years and by late 2016 I went vegan in my personal life.
However my business life was going against my personal beliefs and I have been in severe conflict on my youtube channel , blog AND when I owned my bakery by promoting the exploited animal industry.
I finally “got off the fence” and decided to stop being a hypocrite and follow my heart and soul passion!
Which is how you probably found me here today!
I do understand not everyone cares to be open to this kind of baking, but hoped and wished that folks will be open minded and give me the same understanding for following my heart.
This has not been the case 100% so far, as I have sadly been met with anger and hatred which is why I created this new blog here at www.gretchensveganbakery.com in an effort to separate the two as it really doesn’t make sense to have a vegan blog with non vegan recipes anyway!
I did not eliminate my old recipes at the original Gretchen’s Bakery since that was part of my life work and a very important chapter of my life; and I will keep it open as long as I can afford to do so.
By encouraging people to follow me here from my old blog, I have been converting people from the old way of baking (with exploited animal products) to this new way of baking cruelty free and more healthful for our bodies & the planet!
Since 2016 I have and I will continue to be creating vegan recipes only.
So let’s all band together, continue to live with compassion for all beings (both human and animal!) by living in integrity and showing people our truth and the truth of a vegan lifestyle we can get more people on board with this sweeping way of the future!
You can contact me at [email protected]