She developed her culinary talents more seriously in Montreal, where she studied French pastry and worked at popular Montreal restaurants Taverne sur le Square and The Monkland Tavern. Although Anna did flirt with a career as a pâtissiere, her love of teamwork and adrenaline brought her back to savoury cooking. Anna spent five years moving through the ranks in the Taverne’s four-star kitchen before she felt a call from the West Coast.
Upon returning to Victoria in 2007, Anna worked with the talented caterer Feys and Hobbs. She then found herself working under Chef George Szaz at his new restaurant Stage and then at Paprika Bistro, where, under new management, she assumed creative control of the kitchen. As Chef at Paprika, Anna continued developing her unique approach to food, fusing her professional experience with her family’s honest and generous approach to ingredients and food sharing.
In spring 2012, Anna’s own family grew with the birth of Eloise. Shortly thereafter, new openings also presented themselves professionally, as Anna was invited to help develop Charelli’s & Co in 2013. (Who else would bring the confit duck melt to Oak Bay!) Following Baby Oban’s arrival in 2014, Anna now works as an independent caterer and culinary educator at Cook Culture. She continues to make wholesome, inspired meals for those around her – the little people and big people too.