Arleen Lloyd has been in love with cooking since she was 5 years old. Her fascination with creating culinary magic with a few basic ingredients was the inspiration for this life long love affair. Her first experiments at baking produced cookies that resembled hockey pucks which only a mother would dare to eat and only when they were hot! Graduating to an Easy Bake Oven, her repertoire grew to include small cakes and brownies. Once she was tall enough, she began creating mouthwatering delights in a real kitchen and the rest is her story.
Having followed the standard progression after college of becoming a corporate executive in marketing, Arleen found herself constantly gravitating towards kitchen equipment and all it had to offer. Her travels were always an exploration into the nuances of cultural cooking, the how, the why and the joy of eating each creation. Finally, in 1987 she realized her passion and opened a catering business with both wholesale and retail divisions in Miami, FL. Her days were filled with supplying restaurants and cafeterias with specialty baked goods and catering extravagant events for both corporate clients and individuals. Life became a 24/7 adventure in all that is gastronomy!
Arleen’s culinary range includes the cuisine of many cultures, as well as, the fine art of pastry and chocolate arts. Her years of experience creating delectable foods that nurture both the body and spirit emphasize her philosophy that cooking is a meditation on all that is sacred. Life is too short not to enjoy the pleasure of creating a good meal, that is uncomplicated and without pretense, to share with family and friends. There is no better way to feed the mind, body and spirit!
She is currently the Executive Chef of Alchemy of the Hearth, CA and teaches classes within San Diego County.
You have a passion for baking and patisserie like no one else. You love the smell of yeast and the feel of dough between your fingers. Chemistry doesn't scare you. In fact, you love the very thought of it! Becoming a pastry chef is your dream. Alchemy of the Hearth is an intimate, focused culinary school that follows the European tradition of apprenticeship under the wings of an experienced chef. Our classes are small, hands-on and geared towards preparing future chefs one at a time. You won't get lost in our classes and your training will be intense, fun and exhilarating. Our full time Baking and Patisserie Program is 6 weeks long with classes Monday through Friday 8am to 12pm. Tuition for the program is $4500.00. Uniforms and textbook must be purchased separately and are not included in the program cost. Professional Baking and Patisserie classes include: Food Safety and Sanitation Straight/Direct Doughs Indirect Doughs - Starters and Sourdough Rich Yeast Doughs Donuts and Fritters Croissants, Danish, Puff Pastry I Biscuits and Scones Cookies Pie Doughs and Pies Tart Doughs and Tarts Pate a Choux Custards, Puddings, Mousses Candy making and Meringues Chocolate Plated Desserts and Sauces Dessert Presentation Butter Cakes and Muffins Sponge Cakes Foam Cakes Classic Cakes - Joconde, Sacher, Opera Petit Fours Frostings, Glazes, Icing Basic Cake Decorating Intro to Wedding Cakes