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Family Fare presents: Fox 17 Morning Mix Bake-Off

Meet the 4 local chefs go head-to-head for charity
Posted at 11:00 AM, Nov 16, 2021

Four local chefs will be going spatula-to-spatula in the kitchen as Family Fare presents The Fox 17 Morning Mix Bake-Off, where chefs will be competing to make the best baked goods while raising money for charity.

Meet the chefs that will be participating in the pastry competition:

Rachel Baas
Charity- Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

Rachel Baas is the owner and head pastry chef of Equinox Pastries and Pops.

I started baking as a hobby, making treats for friends and family all through high school and later pursued degrees in both Culinary Arts at Secchia Institute of Culinary Education and Hospitality Management at Ferris State University.

In 2019 I started my very own custom dessert bakery business: Equinox Pastries and Pops! I create custom cake pops, cookies, cakes, pastries and more for any size event or celebration my clients may have in their lives and love making connections through delicious desserts!

The future goal for Equinox Pastries and Pops is to open it as a small brick-and-mortar bakery and cafe south of downtown GR in a year or so as I grow out of the rental space I currently work out of!

Chef Gaby
Charity- West Michigan Veterans Coalition

Chef Gaby is the owner and head pastry chef of Gaby’s Gourmandise.

I was born and raised in France, where I received my culinary training and completed apprenticeships at 2 and 3 Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris. I moved to San Francisco after falling in love with the city during a culinary school trip. I worked as an Executive Chef at a few different French restaurants, spent time as a tasting chef and catering manager at one of the largest caterers in the city, and then spent many years years teaching cooking classes at a school in Berkeley called Kitchen on Fire. I've loved aspects of all the work that I've done, but I enjoy connecting with people through my food the most. My wife and I got married in February 2020. We decided that we wanted to move to Michigan soon after that, to be closer to family. I started Gaby's Gourmandise with the dream of sharing my skills, my passion for authentic food, and my desire to connect with people.

Ali Nash
Charity- Paws With A Cause

Ali Nash is the chef and owner at The Good Cookie Sweet Shop.

I learned from my mom that baking comes from the heart. The dream of building something sweet on my own, while having my family by my side had been pulling on me for a long time. After practicing law for almost 20 years, I decided to go for it! Thus, The Good Cookie Sweet Shop was born! 

I fell in love with law because it allowed me to help others; why can’t these sweet treats do the same? When you buy a cookie from The Good Cookie Sweet Shop you are also supporting your community with our Doing Good Initiative. Every month we choose and donate to a local nonprofit organization within the West Michigan community. Our cookies are good, and they also do good. 

So, my mission is simple: to create the best-tasting sweets in Grand Rapids, while using the finest ingredients with the hardest working assistant (my daughter, Amelia) and employees by my side. 

Visit me in the pink and white building on the corner of Fulton and Fuller. Come taste my creations, always made from the heart - that's my promise to you.

Amanda Barnett
Charity- Meals on Wheels Western Michigan

Chef Amanda Barnett began her career in education teaching kindergarten through 8th grade English Learners. During that time, she created an after-school cooking program, and she realized she had way more fun teaching in the kitchen than in the classroom. From there, she went to culinary school to learn more. For the last few years, Chef Amanda has been able to combine her passions to teach cooking classes all over Grand Rapids. She was the pastry chef at Brewery Vivant until recently, and she currently cooks at Root Farmacy and teaches cooking classes through Spectrum Health's Culinary Medicine Program. She also offers cooking classes for clients in their own homes. While skilled in areas from savory to sweet, baking is her true passion! Her big dream is to run full-time after-school culinary programs for youth.

See these talented chefs in action during the bake-off:

November 17
Apple Pie Bake-Off: Chef Rachel Bass vs. Chef Ali Nash

November 18
Cheesecake Challenge: Chef Gaby vs. Chef Amanda Barnett

November 19
Winner Face-Off

Morning Mix Bake-Off is sponsored by Family Fare.