THIS IS KELSEY. Native to McMinnville, Kelsey’s interest in cooking took root at McMinnville High School, as a member of the Grizzlies’ culinary pathways team (Led by Carolyn Nyquist at the time and has since won multiple culinary competitions under Krista Carpino). She kept it local upon graduation, earning her culinary degree from Linn Benton Community College and tackling additional course work in Business Management at Chemeketa Community College. Don’t let her quiet and patient demeanor fool you… this girl has the knowledge and know-how to run her own restaurant.
AND SHE DOES! Kelsey expertly executes the pastry program at Community Plate and has personally developed the in-house bread recipes for our focaccia, ciabatta, bagels and those to-die-for burger buns that have become CP staples. But if you want to try a broader selection of her talents, we encourage you to visit Bad Dog Bakery, Saturday – Monday, where you’ll find her (as well as multiple generations of her family who are ALSO LOCALS!) offering McMinnville’s best cinnamon roll to weekend early birds, 7am – 2pm.
WHAT DOES KELSEY HAVE TO SAY ABOUT WORKING AT COMMUNITY PLATE?
“It means a lot that the team has trusted me enough to allow me the freedom to start my own business,” she says. “Some of them are at my cart every single week.”
FIRST COOKING JOB Evergreen Aviation Museum | McMinnville, Oregon
SPECIALTIES Elaborate cake combinations that are as gorgeous as they are delicious… and available at CP via special order!
FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT Pura Vida (right next door to CP!)
IF EATING AT COMMUNITY PLATE Biscuits and Gravy
YOU CAN FIND HER At Church on the Hill on Sundays
SPECTACULAR TALENT Sharing a house with her THREE SISTERS!
HOBBIES Working on her 1965 Mustang with her dad
LOVES Spending time with her nieces and nephews