The one thing I love about the female influence especially in Austin, is that its a very supportive community and every body builds each other up.
Hailing from Houston, Texas, Courtney Fuqua, pastry chef at Salt Traders Coastal Cooking, has worked in hospitality all of her life. From coffee shops, to waiting tables, to front of house management, Courtney acquired quite a few skills over the years. Realizing she was not fully satisfied with her past positions, she turned to the pastry program at the Texas Culinary Academy – and sparks flew.
Courtney moved to Austin, Texas, in 2000, at the age of 19. Since arriving, she has worked at notable places, such as Buenos Aires Café, the Driskill Hotel’s 1886 Café and Bakery and Whole Foods Market. Not only has she gained invaluable experience during her career, she became certified with the American Culinary Federation as a Certified Working Pastry Chef. Courtney spent time as a pastry and baking instructor at Le Cordon Bleu College for eight years, guiding students on baking principles, cake decorating and centerpiece assembly and most importantly, making breads.
Now at Salt Traders Coastal Cooking, Courtney oversees the pastry program. She creates their breads, desserts, and all other pastry items. “I am especially enthusiastic about the bread program,” says Courtney . “I like simple, well executed food. I feel that the simplest dishes can be the hardest to execute because it takes a certain level of practice and precision.”
When Courtney is not creating delicious baked goods at Salt Traders Coastal Cooking, she can be found relaxing at home and spending time with her dogs, Filbert and Fiona. Additionally, Courtney has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the past five years and is an avid martial arts and UFC fan.