CIA trained pastry nerd, prodigal food writer, and certified BraveTart. Once upon a time, Stella cashed out her life savings to attend language school in Tokyo so she could read the secret menu at her favorite sushi joint. Later, Food & Wine would point to that sort of compulsive dedication in naming her one of America’s Best New Pastry Chefs. When not wearing her chocolate sprinkle glove or at work on her (eternally) forthcoming cookbook, Stella spends most of her time polishing Star Trek quotes and playing video games.
Favorite foods: Fluffy yellow cake with fudge frosting and rainbow sprinkles. Baumkuchen. Marshmallows roasted on a stick. Oatmeal cream pies and truck stop coffee. Warm apple cider doughnuts. Take 5 candy bars in the Kroger parking lot.
Last bite on earth: A big bowl of my husband's gumbo over rice, bottle of red, and, just before the end, a bite of 48% milk chocolate.