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 ANA GARZA
  
Pastry Chef
SANCTUARY at CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN
in Paradise Valley, Arizona

  I didn't want to throw things on a plate. I wanted the artistic side of it as well.

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Ana Garza | Pastry Chef | Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona Beatrice knew. She knew her daughter, Ana Garza, should not become an architect. Instead, she pushed Garza to go to culinary school. “Growing up,” Garza explained, “it was how I made my money. Instead of chores, I had to cook dinner for my family. That’s how I made a little extra money growing up. My mom taught me how to cook. At first, I thought I wanted to be an architect. She said, No. This is your strength. You need to follow it.” Garza, in her element, worked with a good friend of hers making cakes from their homes. All went well until their craft called for, of all things, architectural insight to successfully fill the cake order from a woman celebrating her 50th birthday. “She was very particular,” Garza said. “She had asked for a cake tasting, which isn’t something that we normally did. That’s something that you do for a wedding. We said, Yeah, she can have a cake tasting. She was super, super specific.” The woman, specifically, wanted a three-tired cake. “But it was three good-sized tiers,” Garza explained. “Since we were inexperienced, it ended up really heavy. At the time we were trying to put it together at the event, and it wasn’t working.” The woman, Garza said, “was freaking out” while she watched as her cake fell apart in front of her eyes. Garza’s friend’s parents had to run out to the store to get equipment to steady the cake. “At the time,” Garza said, “people were watching us, and it was very nerve-racking. It didn’t turn out like what we thought it would. But it was fixed. It stood on its own. I learned a lot from that time.”