Lauren Plesz is a young art enthusiast with a big heart and an even bigger passion for baking. At only 21 years old, she already has a degree in Culinary Arts and is well on her way to being the sweetest little rock-n-roll pastry chef on the East Coast. Fearlessness and desire for unique tastes will be the key to her success in all of her dreams and future endeavors, but for now you can see and taste her delectable treats and edible designs at Down Home Baking Company, a home-based bakery in South Charlotte.
Creative Loafing: What was your main inspiration for getting into the food industry?
Lauren Plesz: It was a bit of a spur of the moment thing. I mean, everyone needs food to live. And I’m really into art, and I like making food pretty and colorful, so I figured why not make food into art? And, well, I just love food!
What are some of your favorite flavor combinations?
I kind of like weird combinations. I like sweet and savory. One of my co-workers makes chocolate-covered bacon, and it sounds disgusting but it is absolutely delicious! I think with the chewiness and saltiness of the bacon with the rich creaminess of the chocolate, they compliment each other well. I mean, there are chocolate rubs for meats. I like sweet and spicy, and hot and spicy foods.
Where do you see yourself with food in the future?
I would eventually like to open a small café type place with individual desserts, tapas, coffee, and wine. Just have a nice little place like that for people to relax and enjoy delicious foods and each other’s company.
Learn more about Down Home Backing Company at www.downhomebakingcompany.com.