Chef Charity – The Sugar Sorceress – is a Pastry Chef and Cake Artist in San Diego, CA. She specializes in chocolate and sugar art, with particular regard for wedding cakes, as well as specialty and extreme cakes. (Though somtimes wedding cake and extreme cake is redundant…) She has also specialized in baking and cooking for those with food allergies and sensitivities. Charity owns d’Zrt Cake Studio in La Mesa, CA.
Charity is also on the Board of Directors for Icing Smiles. Icing Smiles is a non profit organization that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by the critical illness of a child
Charity is a native of Southern California and was raised in San Diego. She wrecked 2 Easy Bake Ovens as a child so her mother decided to teach her to cook on the “big oven”. By age 12 she had “tapped out” her mother and grandmother’s cooking knowledge so she resorted to reading cookbooks (which you can still find her doing if she gets 2 seconds of spare time). During her senior year of High School she went to work for a local cake shop where she cut, filled, iced, delivered and occasionally got to decorate cakes.
She attended Brigham Young University for her freshman year of college, and then attended Le Cordon Bleu in London & Paris and Le Ritz Esscoffier in Paris, continuing her culinary education. After returning to the States she decided to “experiment with the “corporate world” in graphic design, marketing, advertising, radio, film & TV.
Charity continued, however, to teach baking, pastry and culinary skills in the private sector, and of course never stopped creating cakes for friends and family. She even created “cooking clubs” in any city she called home, most of which are still holding monthly meetings. After a 15 year “culinary school hiatus” – during which she married, had 3 children, divorced and moved back to San Diego – Charity went back to school to finish her Culinary degree in Baking and Pastry Arts.
For the last 6 years she has worked exclusively with cakes and has been a contestant on TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off twice in season 2; winning the taste competition, and was most recently featured on TLC’s Fabulous Cakes and the Niecy Nash Wedding Bash. On September 30, 2012, Charity will appear in Cake Wars & Cupcake Wars on the Food Network. In October 2012 she will appear in 2 Food Network shows. She has been a judge at numerous cake shows/contests and teaches sugar arts across the country to sold out workshops.