I am Vanessa Musi.
Revolutionary Pastry Chef with a healthy sweet tooth. Pioneer, pastry hacker, trendsetter, curator, influencer, health advocate, brand connector.
I love pastry and health and I believe we can have both.
23 years ago I pioneered a new pastry world I wish existed out of sheer desperation.
When I was 7 years old, I discovered my passion for baking brownies from the battered copy of Joy of Cooking with my Mom.
I was born savoring the world and quickly became a foodie with a sweet tooth and dreamed about pastries every day. Pastry was my playground and my creative medium.
I became a savory chef in 1992 and loved the culinary arts but blacked out in the restaurant (split my head in a major accident) where I was doing my externship and I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia: the doctors told me to change careers. This devastating diagnosis started a journey of exploration of health and wellness way before this all became popular.
Ironically, I fell in love with pastry even more traveling and working as a the Chef of the Mexican Embassy in Vienna but there was nothing I could eat. So I decided to create a line of nutritious low sugar, mostly gluten free pastries over 20 years ago. Everyone told me I was crazy. I guess I was just a visionary.
My hypoglycemia, a near death experience and so many more health adversities were the catalyst to start a new way of baking. And I became one of the first healthy pastry chefs of the world. Baking nutrient dense pastries that were more delicious and memorable than traditional recipes turned into an obsession. I had a vision of creating a sweet healthy pastry world and went on a quest to change the way we bake. I personally financed and organized 30 + workshops to hundreds of thousands of bakers from pastry chefs to home bakers from Brazil to Cancun.
Recipe development is what I most love and teaching is my essence. I only share my very best recipes on my blog.
My upcoming goals are: opening the best healthy pastry school in Austin Texas and writing a unique healthy baking cook book. I believe the best healthy recipes come from people who have had personal health issues and walk their talk.