On screen: Paola Velez, executive pastry chef, sits in front of a group of house plants as she tells her story.
Paola Velez: My name is Paola Velez, and I am an executive pastry chef.
On screen: Photos of Paola as a child are shown while Paola continues her story.
Paola Velez: When I was a child, I wanted to be an archeologist.
Before she passed away, my grandmother taught me everything that I know about food.
A lot of my fears were based on appearances. To be an executive pastry chef, it's a very frontward facing position. It wasn't until just recently that I was not looked at by my cover, but also by my experience and expertise.
I worked my tail off to become an executive pastry chef.
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