Hi! I am the TJ, the baker and cake decorator behind Turquoise Tiers. I have been baking cakes (and cooking) since I was 6 years old and I have been decorating cakes since I was 15.
When I was 15, I began decorating wedding cakes for competition for 4-H and open class (going up against adults) at the county fair. My cakes have won many grand prizes at the county and state levels. I have also done several live demonstrations and live competitions!
When I was a young adult, I served as a cook at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At that time, they had their own cake decorator, a Japanese man named Soichi. Since his bakery was located just behind my work station in the kitchen, it was very convenient to pop in a hundred times a day to watch what he was decorating! I often assisted him in his cake decorating and learned a lot of unique techniques.
Safety is beyond important to me! I am an OCD germophobe so I wash my hands many, many times a day, and I keep all of my surfaces (especially those in the kitchen) squeaky clean.
I am also up to date with my State Food Safety food handlers certification and regularly practice commercial kitchen food safety procedures while working with food of any kind (for my family and especially for customers).