We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole Redd-McIntosh and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nicole, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
One of my favorite quotes ( I have so many) is from the book Like Water for Chocolate: “Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves; we need oxygen and a candle to help. In this case, the oxygen for example, would come from the breath of the person you love; the candle would be any kind of food, music, caress, word, or sound that engenders the explosion that lights one of the matches. For a moment we are dazzled by an intense emotion. A pleasant warmth grows within us, fading slowly as time goes by, until a new explosion comes along to revive it. Each person has to discover what will set off those explosions in order to live, since the combustion that occurs when one of them is ignited is what nourishes the soul. That fire, in short, is its food. If one doesn’t find out in time what will set off these explosions, the box of matches dampens, and not a single match will ever be lighted.” I love this quote because at the core of it, everyone just wants to find that oxygen and candle. For me, its food and being a pastry chef.. that’s my candle! I love creating cakes and desserts for people. And the family and friends that I have in my life are oxygen for me, they are my support system, my biggest cheerleaders. Without them I would not be who I am today as a daughter, sister, friend, Pastry Chef and business owner. Finding who and/or what truly lights your fire is what everyone is searching for. Once you find that everything else kinda falls into place.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Cake design and pastry is a form of art, its just an edible form, What sets me apart from other pastry chefs or cake artist is I like a little weird in my designs, I take risks I love the abnormal. Even when doing a children’s cake-its not your typical children’s cake. They are more refined, more on the artist side. My pastry journey was not an easy one, I had to work my way up, in each job I had, I soaked up everything I could, asking all the questions, I also learned how to treat people with respect and that being nice goes a long way. I also learned to speak up for myself when being treated wrong- our food industry is known for being harsh, chefs yelling, long hours, but you don’t have to be that way to get ahead in this industry. I love being in the food industry so much- I have gained so much knowledge and friends who are soo talented its crazy! I have gotten to travel and experience so much through food-its such a connector. I want the world to know that its not just cake! Its so much more than that! Its my years of experience, the hours of baking, the late nights covered in buttercream that make each cake, every dessert worth it for me!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?

OMG! I would be so excited for my best friend to come visit!! I def would do a food tour around LA area, because my life revolves around food! I would start with breakfast at The Nest in bellflower-the BEST Shrimp and Grits EVER!! Then to walk off our breakfast, we would window shop around bixby knolls in long beach to get some fresh air. For lunch I would take her grand central market because that is a foodie must-McConnell’s Ice Cream, Papusas, Donut man, all the things! We would then go to Santa Monica’s Farmer’s Market- love all the fresh produce and each vendor has a story, plus is a block from the beach so can’t beat that! Hour would need to happen at Everson Royce Bar in the arts district, they have the Best cheeseburger and the biscuits are a MUST, its my favorite bar in the city! Dinner would have be at the most  delicious Peruvian restaurant Roseline on Melrose.

There are so many places I would take my best friend too its so overwhelming because there are so many amazing places to the LA area!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to dedicate my shoutout to my circle-my family and my friends! They are my biggest cheerleaders! Without them cheering me on through EVERY SINGLE stage in my life, I wouldn’t be where I am today!

Website: www.nicolebakescakes.com
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Image Credits
Michelle Dudley Photography Carissa Woo Photography Evangeline Lane Photography Joy Theory Co Kenosha Gill Photography Nicole Kirshner Photography Shawnee Custalow Studios

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