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The Culinary Institute of America
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Hey, I’m Kayleigh!

Chicago, Illinois, United States · Member since June 2012

My passion truly lies in the food industry. I graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with an Associate's Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts. The funny end of things is that, while at home, I usually prepare more savoury dishes than sweet! I've been in and out of bakeries and restaurants for my whole working life. The family that you make with a restaurant's staff is a good one.

I also love reading anything I can get my hands on. I lean more towards science fiction, fantasy, and actually...really everything in between. I love television shows such as Battlestar Galactica and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but am also a sucker for romantic comedies. (I have the biggest crush on John Cusack. Sigh.)
My favourite band for the last few years would be Beirut, though I also listen to a lot of classic/alternative rock as well. I like a bit of everything!

As a guest, I definitely can be a little reserved. At first, I'm a little shy getting to know new people and places, but I really can open up quickly. I like to think I can read people fairly well, and know when someone needs his/her space. I live on my own in Chicago, and love having my own space, but do sometimes miss having another person in the room. That being said, I also love when you can accidentally fall into an hours long conversation with someone, when you intended to sit quietly to read a book. I am fairly tidy, and hate to leave things lying around. I always pick up after myself, and "clean as I go" - a little cook's habit that I'll never be able to shake.