We had the good fortune of connecting with Stacy-Ann Dougé and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stacy-Ann, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
What makes me happy is the fact that I get to wake up everyday and do something I love. I get to live my dream, which is to bake and create something amazing for each and every customer. I’ve always been passionate about food, but the fact that I get to live my passion is an unbelievable feeling. It’s a liberating feeling. I trust my customers and they trust me to bring their visions to life. I am happiest when I fulfill an order for a customer, and I see the delight in their faces when they’ve seen their cake. I am happiest when they’ve taken a bite of a slice of cake or eaten a pastry, and I get a text message or call saying how good it was. That’s what makes me happy.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The one thing that makes me most proud is the fact that I am self taught. I wanted to go to culinary school for a very long time (I still do), but I couldn’t afford to do so. Instead, I would watch videos on Youtube of pastry chefs at Le Cordon Bleu, (where I desperately want to attend), and recreate those dishes (with my own spin) for my family and friends. The feeling I got from seeing them enjoy something I made, further drove the desire I had to pursue my passion. There definitely have been frustrating moments; moments I felt like giving up because it can be mentally, emotionally, and physically draining. It steals time and special moments from family and friends. I’ve had to learn (still learning) time management so I can properly balance my time with family and friends, with this new path. But wherever this new and exciting path takes me, I will enjoy it. I’ve learned to take the good with the bad. The long nights and early mornings pay off when I see the faces of my customers. That makes it all worthwhile. I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.
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?
Monday: Brunch at Café Rux Dix in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Walk around Prospect Park. Dinner at Imani BK in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Dessert at Mia’s Bakery in Brooklyn
Tuesday: Brunch at Café Luluc in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Visit Brooklyn Museum. Dinner at Balthazar in Soho, Manhattan. Dessert at Serendipity in Manhattan
Wednesday: Brunch at Rustik Tavern in Bedsty, Brooklyn. Walk around Central Park. Dinner at The Boil in Chinatown. Drinks at Lover’s Rock in Bedsty, Brooklyn
Thursday: Dinner at Grandchamps. Dessert at home.
Friday: Brunch at Brooklyn Beso in Bedsty, Brooklyn. Drinks and dinner at Miss Lily’s in Manhattan. Dessert at Kistby Dessert Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Karaoke at Alligator Lounge in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Saturday: Spend the day on Governor’s Island.
Sunday: Catch a show at LIPS in Midtown 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?
First and foremost, my family, without whom none of this would be possible. My mother Pauline Dennis, my sisters Latoya Manfred, and Carla Clarke. My AMAZING husband Winsbert Dougé, my son Quincy Douge. My in laws Daphne Dougé, Nicole Dougé, Christopher Dougé, and Lotte Dougé. My DEAR, DEAR friends: Andea Campbell, Kerry Mitchell, Danielle Lewis, and Jenieve Harvey. I don’t know what I would do without their listening ears, strong shoulders, and their encouraging words.