I am a young man on the autism spectrum – very high-functioning autism and my goal is to support myself with my baking. When I was little I always had stomach pains and thought that was normal. Then, when I was nine, my parents put me on a gluten-free and dairy-free diet. When they asked me if I felt any different I said, “My tummy doesn’t hurt anymore”. That was the beginning of our journey.
There wasn’t much available for me to eat so my mother had to bake things for me. Anything you could buy in stores tasted like cardboard. Eventually I started to bake my own “treats” and realized I enjoyed baking and the results of my efforts. For people with autism finding employment is difficult to say the least, so I started letting people know about my baking because more and more people are eating gluten-free. I enjoy finding and innovating recipes for people following that diet. I love what I do and it is challenging and rewarding to be an entrepreneur. I look forward to baking for you!