Dee Dee Sanchez is the pastry chef at Jack Allen’s Kitchen in Austin, known for its local, seasonal ingredients and Southern flavors. Sanchez grew up in Lansing, Mich., helping her mother bake cookies and cakes for bake sales, and clearly the love of baking stuck.
Sanchez landed her current position by taking a risk. After moving to Austin, she heard about Jack Allen's Kitchen opening and got an interview for the pastry chef position with co-owner Jack Gilmore. He asked her to bring desserts for a tasting but mentioned that he specifically did not like banana desserts. The next week, she brought him a dark chocolate truffle — and a banana toffee pie. He ate the whole thing, looked at her, and said, "Girl... You're hired!"
We talked with Sanchez about the risks she’s taken and how she's enjoying the sweet life.