Science, social media key ingredients to Datz pastry chef's success

- Alicia Wolding has turned the kitchen at Datz into her own creative food lab. Her works of art are displayed and consumed daily.

Wolding makes all of the desserts displayed in the glass cases at the front of Datz restaurant and the Dough dessert shop.

She grew up in Michigan, but it was in Florida where she found her calling.

"I was inspired when I was 6 years old at Disney World. I went to the bakery on Main Street with my mom and I looked over at the pastry chefs and I was like, 'Wow, I want to do that. I don't know what they're doing but I want to be a part of that," she remembered.

Now, the 24-year-old executive pastry chef is a trendsetter. She matches her air colors to her treats and posts whimsical photos of both on her Instagram account, aptly named The Girl With The Whisk Tattoo.

"First, I always come up with a vision. I'll see something either from pop culture or be inspired by a color of the year," Wolding explained of her process. "I try to post things that people want to see, which for me is eating doughnuts on my day off or whatever I'm making in the kitchen."

Her flavorful fandom now brings her followers through the doors at Datz and Dough. They're as eager to meet her as they are to try her treats.

"They come in wanting to see what I'm making that day," said Wolding.

As much as she contributes to social media, she also takes with her. She says many of the profiles she follows provide inspiration for her next project.

Wolding has also been inspired by famous chefs. She's a big fan of famed TV chef Alton Brown.

"He taught me to love science and baking and how important that is," she continued.

She says she wouldn't be afraid to go up against Gordon Ramsay, but hopes she could one day be the next Julia Child.

"Maybe one day I'll have my own cooking show. Maybe one day I'll be teaching hundreds of students how to bake just like me. We'll see," Wolding added.

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