Joanna Barajas

Head Baker/Owner

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Summary

A previous boss called me his "sunshine" in the kitchen while an interviewer said I had a "gentle, but strong personality." I get along with people well and am always on the look out for the next concept and visionary group of people to work with. I'm self-directed and prefer a creative role where I can wear many hats.

A previous boss called me his "sunshine" in the kitchen while an interviewer said I had a "gentle, but strong personality." I get along with people well and am always on the look out for the next concept and visionary group of people to work with. I'm self-directed and prefer a creative role where I can wear many hats.

My Dream Job is I want to help open new restaurants and cafes in Los Angeles

Work Experience
  • Head Baker/Owner

    Chef Joanna's
    Jan. 2015 to Present (1 year and 11 months)
  • Culinary Instructor

    Four Seasons Hotel WestlakeWestlake Village, CA, US
    Oct. 2013 to Present (3 years and 2 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Work on cookbook published in 2014. Pastry work and food styling
    Run classes for private and professional groups

  • Wine Consultant

    Duke of Bourbon
    May. 2015 to Feb. 2016 (9 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Set up cafe food service
    Sell wine
    Build relationships with old and new customers

  • Food Writer / Blogger

    Shape Up America
    Jan. 2011 to Oct. 2015 (4 years and 9 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Recipe writer for obesity prevention

  • Garde Manger

    Ollie's Duck & DiveMalibu, CA, US
    Apr. 2013 to Aug. 2013 (4 months)
  • Pastry Chef

    Cafe FirenzeMoorpark, CA, US
    Sep. 2010 to Sep. 2011 (12 months)
Education
  • Culinary & Pastry
    Le Cordon Bleu
    Aug. 2009 to Jun. 2010

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    Grande Diplome Degree

    Summary

    Culinary and Pastry completion

  • Natural Science
    Loyola Marymount University
    Aug. 2005 to May. 2009

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    Bachelor of Science Degree • GPA: 3.67

    Summary

    Natural Science major with emphasis in Nutrition. Minor in Business

    Awards
    Dean's List
  • Louisville High School
Certifications & Courses
Interests
urban food growing, new restaurant start-ups, European pastries
Languages
italian Basic
french Basic
spanish Intermediate
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