- When I was nine years old, I baked my first cake.
[upbeat music] When I was growing up, there was no celebrity chefs; there was no Food Network channel.
So I never envisioned being able to become a baker as a career.
In order to be a good baker, you have to put love into it, because people can taste the love.
The energy that you put into a baked good comes out.
So love is what makes a good baked good.
[music continues] To be a business owner, it takes hard work.
It takes dedication.
And I was fortunate to be a part of Detroit Kitchen Connect, which is a nonprofit that's funded through JPMorgan Chase.
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Detroit Kitchen Connect connects food entrepreneurs to licensed commercial kitchens that they can rent in order to produce their goods to sell to the public.
When I started, I didn't have the capital required to build out a commercial kitchen.
And without Detroit Kitchen Connect, I wouldn't have been able to open up my business when I opened it up.
I could've opened my bakery so many other places, but I wanted to be in Detroit.
I feel that that's our contribution to the revitalization of Detroit.
Whenever I go back to Detroit Kitchen Connect, there's a flood of memories that come, because that's where it all started.
What I do every day is a passion. I love it. I'm at peace when I'm doing it.
I don't care how tired I am. I am here with a smile on my face, baking and creating stuff for people.
I know this is my passion, my love, and my dream is coming true.