about the author, Jennifer Lorson Ramos

I’m a freelance writer and former pastry and savory chef living in upstate New York. I earned my culinary arts degree from the Culinary Institute of America, where I won an MFK Fisher writing scholarship. I received my BA degree in cultural studies & creative writing from the State University of New York’s Empire State College. I earned my Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree, with a self-designed food studies concentration, in April 2018. You can read my ProQuest thesis on Peruvian cuisine and culture here:

I first began working with my mother, a catering chef, at the age of 11. By the time I went to college, I’d worked as a catering assistant, prep cook, dishwasher, busser, server, and after-hours restaurant cleaner. I fell into a pastry job just before my CIA graduation in 2000; and worked mostly on the sweet side. In the last almost-20 years, I’ve had the privilege of working in some awesome places – including Four Seasons Austin, Sonnenalp Resort of Vail, Mohegan Sun Casino, Zinc Restaurant in New Haven, Saratoga’s Putnam Market, and my own cake design business.

As a cake and sugar artist, I’ve been designing high-end wedding and specialty cakes since 2001; I’ve won several first-place awards in cake competitions. Check out some of my creations on flickr.

I dabble in photography and design. I created the websites and logos for la vida comida, my previous websites, and my business. All the the photos on both sites (except for a few licensed photos, and a few great shots from my sister-in-law, Sheila!) are my own work.

More than anything, I’m passionate about cuisine and food culture. I love learning about food, sharing knowledge about food… and of course, eating!