We had the good fortune of connecting with Kryssie Tinsay and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kryssie, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I think the most important factor behind the success of my business and brand is my authenticity, my love and passion for what I do. I think that when you are passionate about what you are doing and you are putting all your love, time and effort to whatever it is you are making, it reflects on your product and people see it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been a chef for over 10 years mostly within the hospitality industry. When Covid-19 hit in 2020, I was furloughed from my job and that was when I decided to go full force with my home baking/catering business.
I think what sets me apart from others is that I am a pretty well-rounded chef. I know a lot of chefs that don’t necessarily like to bake and bakers/pastry chefs that don’t necessarily like cooking. I do both and I am very excited to share both sides of my skills to my clients.
I have been a chef for over 10 years and I have to say, it wasn’t a easy ride for sure especially being a girl. A professional kitchen is such a male-dominated industry that if you’re a girl and don’t necessarily have an assertive or even aggressive personality, you tend to get looked over. I believe I overcame these challenges I faced because I have an assertive personality in the kitchen. I come in, get the job done and make sure it gets done the right way.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend visited me, I would totally take her all over Los Angeles and Orange County. Though I was born and raised in the Philippines, I have been living in Orange County for over 20 years and consider California home. We would go to Laguna Beach and just chill. We would go to all of my favorite restaurants all over LA and Orange County.
El Farro Tacos in Pacoima – some of the best street tacos I have ever had!
Casa Torres in Van Nuys – a family friendly Mexican restaurant and their food is so, so good. My favorite dish ever is their Pulpo with Rice and Beans. The octopus is perfectly tender and the rice and beans are super flavorful!
Poke Tiki in Tustin – best poke in Tustin imo!
Vaca in Costa Mesa
Chaak in Old Town Tustin
Haven Gastropub at the Orange Circle
Broadway by Amar Santana
–all of these restaurants have amazing food, amazing atmosphere and I appreciate the respect, care and attention to detail they give when preparing their food.
I’m such a big fan of good food that I will just take my best friend on a week long food trip and just eat at all of my favorite restaurants all over town!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a shoutout to a few people in my life that have made an impact on me and have shown me a great deal of support from day 1.
My mom–she has always been there for me especially when I was hosting popup dinners in Los Angeles. She was always the first person to purchase a ticket, write 5-star reviews and post my work on her social media for everyone to see.
My husband, Chris who has been and always will be my number 1 fan. He has supported me in more ways than I can even reiterate and I am more than grateful for everything he has done for me.
My mentor and Chef Leo who is an amazing chef. He taught me how to be organized, resourceful, creative and pushed me to think outside the box. He is a big part of the reason why I cook the way I do.
Lastly, my friends, family and my clients who are giving me their support even when the going got tough. It’s because of them that I am able to still cook and be creative.
photos taken by Steven Suarez of New Age Productions