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Nicole Rucker
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Nicole Rucker

Nicole Rucker is a pastry chef for the Gjelina group, more specifically, Gjelina Take Away in Venice. At the beginning of her culinary career, Rucker worked in various bakeries and cafes across California, from San Francisco to San Diego. In the quest to create the perfect pie crust, Rucker came up with a recipe that helped her win … Continue reading

Cardamom
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Cardamom

Cardamom is the third most expensive spice by weight, behind only saffron and vanilla. But with a captivatingly complex flavor profile crammed into such a small package, there’s little mystery behind its steep price. This spice delivers a pungent taste that’s smokey, yet contains hints of coolness reminiscent of mint and lemon, packed inside the … Continue reading

Harnessing Creativity & The Science of Pie (Event Recap)
Public Lectures / Science & Food

Harnessing Creativity & The Science of Pie (Event Recap)

On your mark… Get set… GO! As the doors swung open, guests eagerly awaiting the final Science & Food lecture series were transported to a place nothing short of a Pie-Palooza. Twenty student teams stood confidently next to their baked confection and explained to the judges how they employed the scientific method to creatively reimagine … Continue reading