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We wouldn't be what we are today without the fabulous folks who make it happen. 

Meet Ayumi, One Girl Cookies' Pastry Chef

Where are you originally from?

Takarazuka, (Between Osaka and Kobe) Japan

What brought you to New York City?

Cooking school (Natural Gourmet Institute) and I just fell in love with this city!!!

What neighborhood do you live in?

Edge of Park Slope, Windsor Terrace

What do you do when you're not at OGC?

Still exploring NYC. There are so many places to go. And I love to show my friends NYC when they visit from Japan!! I always take them to One Girl Cookies and they love the shop!!

You can also visit Ayumi's blog to see more of what she does on her weekend (and how she makes those amazing cakes!):

How long have you been working at One Girl Cookies?

It's been more than 3 years!!! That was so quick!!

What are some of your past jobs?

In Japan I was working in student services and sales at a French cooking school Le Cordon Bleu.  I've always been in the food industry but not in the kitchen myself. It was a really good experience for me to work with so many talented chefs. I also got to see and taste so much good food and pastries. Also I met many coworkers and students who were real foodies!!  I learned a lot there!!

Read any good books recently?

I'm reading "Flowers for Algernon." I saw the drama in Japan which was based on this story. Now I'm reading the original version, in English, and I was surprised that it was in NYC! I know Central Park, I know the school where Charlie went (One of my friends was working there as a volunteer) so it is really interesting to read this book right now. And Charlie was working in the bakery in NYC.

Do you have a favorite memory at One Girl Cookies?

There are so many things happening at OGC after I started working here... but for myself, I started working here as just an intern and I was going to stay here only for two months. I really liked working here and everyone I work with. Dawn and Dave helped to get my visa actually twice. Now three years have already passed. I was so lucky to visit here when I was looking for somewhere to intern and OGC was my turning point in life. I still enjoy working here, meeting so many amazing people, and learning a lot not only about pastry but also American culture, ENGLISH and many fun stuff.


Posted on by Dawn Casale | Posted in cobble hill

Dawn Casale

About Dawn Casale

Barneys New York was the place I called my second home for six years. It was the classroom in which I learned the importance of aesthetic, the power of creativity and the joy of indulgence. At a point in time which I cannot specifically put my finger on, I reflected on my career choices and decided to return to that which I really knew... food and humanity's love of it. I began to think about my childhood and how much of it had been happily spent in the kitchen. The memories of the aromas and flavors that came from my grandmother's kitchen were vivid and exhilarating. That is where I learned about the ritual and significance of food, the sense of happiness and comfort it brought, and the essential elements of quality and care that went into its preparation.

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