Kayla Pier Featured in Area Business Magazine
05 Jun, 2015
Back in March, one of our very own was featured in New North B2B, a publication providing “business owners and executives in Oshkosh and Fond du Lac with a comprehensive, consistent and regional perspective of local business.” Congratulations to Kayla on the feature – we are so lucky to have you aboard our culinary team!
Growing a Hospitality Workforce
“Happiness one bite at a time”
Story by Lee Marie Reinsch
At the tender green age of 20, Kayla Pier has already found her calling: making people happy. “Good food makes really happy people,” she said.
Actually, she found it as a senior at Horace Mann High School in North Fond du Lac and quit the basketball team to join the culinary team. When she competed with the team at a Wisconsin Restaurant Association show, all other career paths were off the table for Pier.
“I really didn’t see myself doing anything else,” she said.
She went through the culinary arts program at Moraine Park and received her associate’s degree in 2014, two years after graduating high school.
Pier quickly found a job as a cook at Heidel House Resort in Green Lake’s BoatHouse Pub, where menu items range from Baja tacos to pecan-encrusted walleye. She said she doesn’t mind the long hours because she’s doing what she loves.
“I didn’t think having a job right out of culinary school would be this awesome, but I was lucky and got this job and it’s really good,” she said. “I love my job.”
Her favorite thing to do in the kitchen, though, is bake. While a student, Pier took cake decorating classes through the bakeware company Wilton and found her passion.
“I’m a baker at heart,” she said. “It’s fun to just chill and decorate cakes and cupcakes for like 4 hours and just pipe all these little details. It’s totally relaxing.”
Pier said if for some reason the culinary profession doesn’t work out, she doesn’t know what else she’ll do. “I don’t see myself doing anything else but making good, delicious food, whether it’s a chicken dish with pasta or doing something with cakes and cupcakes,” she said. “I don’t think I’ll ever find something that makes me as happy as this.”
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