This year we welcome a new pastry chef into our kitchen. Carrie Merrill, born in Portugal but raised in Tennessee, has always had the heart of a cook. Raised by a single mother, Carrie began baking at a young age. She stuck with the hobby, taking cake decorating classes in England while she pursued a more corporate career, and doing so well she gained the nickname Cake Lady. At age 28, Carrie decided to commit to her passion and enrolled in the culinary school at The Art Institute of Las Vegas. After graduating she began working at Wolfgang Puck’s CUT where she quickly rose through the ranks to become lead pastry chef. At this point Carrie struck out to learn what should could from other talented chefs and spent time at L’Auberge de Sedona, The Greenbrier and Postrio Restaurant. Last summer Carrie married her fiancée and took a long vacation, ending up in Portland and, we’re happy to announce, at Urban Farmer! We asked Carrie a few questions to get to know her:
What is your idea of happiness? The perfect warm chocolate chip cookie!
Who is your real life hero? My mother, who raised three daughters on her own.
Biggest surprise in Portland so far? How green everything is and how nice people are. They even thank the bus drivers! Welcome to the Team Carrie!