Hello, my name is Jen.

I am a baker, writer, traveler, and food historian. (I’m also a musician, makeup junkie, photographer, occasional graphic artist, and pun expert).

Currently, I reside in Vancouver, BC, Canada, where I work as the Catering & Events Coordinator of the very school I attended to study Baking & Pastry Arts. It’s a wonderful job with wonderful people, and keeps me in connected, immersed, and enveloped in all things food-related in Vancouver’s hospitality industry.

Prior to my baking education, I studied History at Douglas College and later at Simon Fraser University, where I specialized in British Medieval & Renaissance History – one of my biggest passions. As a true blue tea-drinking, jaffa cake-eating Anglophile, I love anything and everything to do with the British Isles!

Combining those two passions has brought me to where I am today and what I aspire to be tomorrow – a food historian. Whether it’s a 14th Century sotelty, a Georgian banquet, or a liquid nitrogen-and-molecular gastronomy Blumenthalesque creation… food, along with its past, present, and future, fascinates me; I will gladly spend my life traveling, tasting, cooking and baking to learn more and teach more about it.

Welcome to The Shortcrust, my humble online abode.

A (not so) little story about my beginnings, and where I came from to who I am today.

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