Culinary Corner: An interview with Pastry Chef Amanda Burgess of Sweet Escape Bakery

Sweet Escape Bakery is the vision of Owner and Pastry Chef Amanda Burgess, who is yet another talented culinary artist making our upcoming Gingerbread Benefit a success. I’ll warn you ahead of time that she’s a little mysterious in her interview–I simply can’t imagine what her Gingerbread house will look like, but I know it will be absolutely amazing! Wanna chance to check out Burgess’ creation? Be sure to purchase your tickets TODAY.


Sweet Escape Bakery's Owner and Pastry Chef Amanda Burgess

What or who inspired you to become a pastry chef? I have always loved baking and creating.

When you start a project do you have a vision or goal in mind, or do you figure it out as you go? I generally have some level of a vision to begin with and then it’s a work in progress.

What are your three favorite ingredients to work with?  Chocolate, fondant and more chocolate!

What will the inspiration for your gingerbread house be? I’m planning to do something around a child’s view of the Christmas spectacle.

What are the most challenging aspects of being a pastry chef? I would say that one of the bigger challenges is taking someone’s vision and bringing it to reality.

When do you feel most rewarded for your work? I feel most rewarded when I see a client’s face and know I’ve exceeded their expectations.


The 9th annual Gingerbread Benefit is to be held on December 1, 2011 at the Umstead Hotel and Spa. Tickets for the event are available online at

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