Country Velador - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

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Country Velador

Super Chunk Sweets & Treats - Scottsdale, AZ

Pastry Chef Country Velador received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at Arizona State University before she found her passion for all things sweet. She owns and operates Super Chunk Sweets & Treats and New Wave Market in Scottsdale, AZ. Her creations have been featured in New York Times, Food Network, HGTV, National Geographic and the Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets.

Before owning her own restaurant and sweet shop, Velador worked in the front of the house for Roy’s Chicago, Los Angeles, and Desert Ridge. In 2008, she then made the switch to the pastry department at Digestif and Cowboy Ciao in Old Town Scottsdale, where she worked her way up from pastry cook, to Executive Pastry Chef of Cowboy Ciao and Kazimierz World Wine Bar. It was there where her desserts began to take shape, winning several local awards, and she was featured in USA Today, Travel+ Leisure, and Phoenix Magazine.

Velador opened Super Chunk in 2013, along with her husband Sergio, and they expanded the operation with New Wave Market in 2017. She is known for her whimsical style, using local ingredients and bold flavors.



 

WHY DID YOU BECOME A CHEF?
After working as a server for about 15 years, I switched over to the back of the house in hopes of someday opening my own restaurant with my husband, Sergio. Because dessert has always been my favorite course, I started in the pastry department. I love being creative and I love food, pastry in particular.

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COOKING IN THREE WORDS?
Unique, whimsical, fun

WHAT’S THE BEST HONOR YOU’VE RECEIVED AS A CHEF?
Being featured on “Unique Sweets” on the Cooking Channel.

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO MEAL AFTER A BUSY DAY?
Chicken and rice.

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME WHEN YOU’RE NOT IN THE KITCHEN?
Watching movies and hanging out with my dogs.

WHAT THE ONE LOCAL INGREDIENT YOU’RE EXCITED TO COOK WITH DURING HFWF19?
Honey and vanilla.

HAVE YOU BEEN TO HAWAII BEFORE? WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO DURING YOUR VISIT?
Yes! Eating, eating, and more eating! If I can get some snorkeling in too, that would be great.

IF YOU WERE NOT A CHEF, WHAT WOULD YOU BE AND WHY?
I would be a set designer for the movie industry. I love interior design and the research that goes into creating sets. If I were asked to work for Wes Anderson, I wouldn’t turn it down!