Allison Auble

Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center

Phone: (585) 232-7200

Email: aauble@rrcc.com

123 East Main Street
Rochester, New York 14604

Where were you born and raised?
Hilton, New York

What was your introduction to cooking/baking?
My mother was Italian… So I pretty much started at birth. She cooked everything! She always made our birthday cakes, and made enough Christmas cookies every year to last us till the following Christmas!

Where and how did you train?
Outside of what I learned from home, I taught myself a lot, and learned on the job as I went.

Have you always been a chef?
My first job was baking at a local apple farm, then it was a hodgepodge of different things. I worked in a machine shop, at a photography studio and as a party decorator. But I have been working in pastry now for the last 17 years.

Where do your recipes come from?
A little bit of everywhere, but I find a lot of my favorite recipes are from trial and error or putting my own spin on another recipe.

Is there a chef you admire the most?
I would say my fellow chefs John and Jordan because we have worked together for so many years. We make a a great team and I continue to learn from each of them as we grown.

When you’re “off the clock” do you like preparing meals for friends and family or do you prefer someone else to do it?
It depends. Some days I do – I generally try to eat on the healthier side so a lot of times I just take care of it. I like it best though when I am working with someone, like smoking (meats and things). That is my husband’s “dad hobby”, so when we work together to create a meal, that’s what I like best.

You have a day to eat anything you want. What will your menu look like?
If it’s like a day where I can eat anything and not gain a pound scenario, then I would say French fries, BBQ and dark chocolate, preferably with some kind of peanut butter or caramel filling.

What is your favorite thing to bake?
Again, it depends upon my mood. I like to try new things all the time so its ever changing.

What are your best and worst skills?
I would say being creative or creating new things would be something I am good at. As far as worst, my assistant said it’s “putting lids back on things”! Also, I don’t know if it’s my “worst skill” or just something I haven’t done much of but I would like to do more bread making.

Is there a handy baking utensil that you absolutely can’t do without?
My assistant, Kaitlynn, does that count?

Besides baking, what are your other hobbies?
I am a mom to a 2 year old, so my hobbies include being a human jungle gym/horse/trampoline, singing every child’s song known to man and toddler talk translator. But in all seriousness, I like spending time with my family and friends. I also love to work out, play soccer, read and do outdoorsy stuff. But I prefer summer outdoors not winter, brrrr!

Anything else you’d like to share?
I would just like to say outside of baking/pastry, that being a mother is the thing that I am most passionate about and brings me the most joy. I also am lucky to have such a supportive husband who puts up with my sometimes crazy hours! But he gets a lot of baked goods in return so it’s a little bit of a win for him.