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Being obsessed with chocolate wasn’t always the focus for this week’s feature, pastry chef and chocolatier, Cinthya Romriell.
Growing up in her hometown of Houston, Texas, baking was not part of her family’s traditions. Instead, Cinthya thought teaching was her calling. She arrived to Austin ready to pursue a degree in secondary education at the University of Texas.
During her first semester of teaching, she brought in a huge container of animal crackers to offer as snacks. Little did she know that act of generosity with her kids would lead her to her passion.
The kids quickly emptied the container, and she knew she wanted to turn it up a notch and attempt homemade cookies for their next snack. To her surprise and delight, the kids absolutely loved her baking! The joy she say in her students’ faces encouraged her to continue baking and seeking new creations to bring into class.
Cookies led to cakes and other desserts over the next several months, and although Cinthya had earned her bachelor’s degree, she felt completely inspired to switch gears and go after her newly found passion by enrolling in culinary school to become a pastry chef.
Since stepping into her true calling, Cinthya has had the opportunity to work in several well-known hotels and others commercial kitchens throughout Austin, introducing her to chocolate work.
Chocolate added an element of art and sophistication to the desserts Cinthya was making, including the fascination with the history and story behind the cacao bean and the Mayans, as well as the connection to her parents’ birth country, Honduras.
She owns and operates Cinful Sweets in Austin, Texas. Visit https://cinfulsweets.com/ for more information on Cinthya and her Cinful Sweets!