March 10, 2021
Creative. Authentic. A little Quirky.
I was a chef working insane hours. It was starting not to be fun anymore. Things were shifting and changing and I saw the creative freedoms slipping away.
I went to school in New York to become a pastry chef. I worked in Kennebunkport for 12 years, starting as a pastry chef and worked my way up to sous chef. Even though I was successful, I felt suffocated and I needed to breathe.
Then something tragic happened. In 2019 I lost two of my “Big Fish”: mentors as most would call someone you go to for wisdom and strength. It was my first time dealing with something truly traumatic. Through my grief, I learned that life is short and I needed to listen to the little voice that crept in over and over again telling me to take a chance on myself.
I opened Big Fish Cake Studio in October 2020. It was always a dream to open a food studio, but it was really hard for me to muster up the confidence to do so. When the opportunity came along, I jumped. I can finally breathe and I fully feel like myself.
Being able to work with my hands and create fills me with pride. My Mom was an oil painter and she taught me. That was really the foundation of my artistry. I was working with small tools and oil which was tedious, but as I created, I learned I could apply those skills to a different medium which just so happened to be cake.
I’m really excited to be part of the Biddeford-Saco community. There’s so much support for industry, art and creation. It’s gratifying for me to bring creation, authenticity and little quirk.
I was catering to others for a long time. Now it’s time to share kindness, create, eat cake, celebrate and most importantly: be me.
- Chef Gabby - Big Fish Cake Studio