By ELIZABETH PACE | WAVE 3 News
From losing her dream job during the pandemic to winning a national competition on the Food Network, a Louisville chef earned the title of “Best Baker in America.”
Jaclyn Joseph grew up in the kitchen with her mother in Prestonburg. She pursued her passion for baking at Sullivan University in Louisville. It helped her land her first job as a pastry chef at the Brown Hotel. Later, Joseph had her dream job as an executive pastry chef at the Omni Louisville Hotel.
Like many, Joseph lost her job during the coronavirus pandemic. At the time she didn’t recognize it but said it was a blessing in disguise.
Losing her job at the Omni gave her an opportunity to hone her skill in the kitchen. She applied for the Food Network’s “Best Baker In America” competition and earned one of ten spots.
In the finale, Joseph’s “Flavors of Hawaii” culinary masterpiece won her first place. She took home the grand prize of $25,000.
Looking back on a year of extreme highs and lows, Joseph said it has solidified her passion as a baker and motivates her to do more.
“Our passion is still our passion,” Joseph said. “Life comes at us at every angle but if you continue to put your head down and work hard in whatever it is that you do, no matter what it is that you do, you’re going to succeed. Treating people with respect and honor is going to come back to you, so I feel like good things are going to continue in your life.”
Soon, everyone will be able to try one of her award-winning dishes. Joseph is starting her own company called JJ Bakes & Co. She hope to own a location where it all started, in Louisville.