Welcome! Nice to meet you. I’m Kira, a professionally trained Pastry Chef and all my recipes are Gluten Free!
My origin story is a little different compared to most Pastry Chefs. In my mid-twenties I suddenly developed some concerning health issues which often left me crippled on the floor in the fetal position and in and out of my doctors office. After a year of tests and medical procedures that ruled out cancer, Crohn’s and Celiac disease, I was finally told that the reason for my discomfort was a food allergy to Wheat.
Removing something like Wheat permanently from my diet felt surreal and socially isolating. Especially because baking already played such a huge part in my life. I decided that I wasn’t going to let this food allergy take away my love for baking. Over the last 10+ years I have been working hard to learn everything I could about Gluten Free baking and in 2018 I obtained my Professional Bread and Pastry Arts Diploma from Northwest Culinary Academy. Since then, I have worked in kitchens doing everything from plated desserts, bread making, handmade pasta, and for a short time I lived out my Willy Wonka fantasy of working as a chocolatier at Thomas Haas Chocolates. Working in these environments taught me so much and I believe more than ever that Gluten Free baking can be just as good (if not better!) then its glutinous counterparts.
When I’m not baking you will find me living in beautiful Vancouver, Canada with my Irish husband and baby girl. A few things to know about me:
- I think that dessert can and should be eaten before dinner.
- Manchester, UK was home for 5 years.
- I firmly believe that the Vancouver Canucks will win the Stanley cup one day.
- Halloween is my favourite holiday. So obviously Fall is my favourite season.
- My husband and I eloped in Hawaii.
- Cake is my least favourite dessert.
- I’m a Whisky/Bourbon gal.
- My favourite TV show is SNL.
Kira in the Kitchen is your trusted resource for delicious, fun and accessible Gluten Free baking.
Let’s get in the kitchen and make something together!