To know and not to do is not to know.

This is Me

To know and not to do is not to know.

This is Me

Allow me to Re-Introduce Myself

 My name is Katarina (but friends call me Kat). 

I am a lifelong learner on a self directed, entrepreneurial journey. Buckle up. 

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a writer when I grew up (trying to manifest this now). Instead of pursuing creativity, I attended McMaster for Health Sciences, hoping to help people as a psychiatrist.

After discovering who I was as a young adult, I realized I had no desire to help people as Western medicine prescribed. Instead, I channeled my desire to help others through holistic and social health initatives: working with young mothers, helping criminals navigate reintegration; study women with eating disorders; and support all sorts of folks living with concurrent illness, all while I finished my undergrad. 

I found a passion for primary research (my desire to KNOW is intense), and published a thesis exploring the effects of yoga and tai chi as concurrent therapy for eating disordrs. Instead of pursuing a scholarship for a Master’s degree, I opened my first real business, Dolled Up Desserts, on a whim. Although I believed being a researcher for the rest of my life would fulfill my need to continuously learn, I took a chance on my conviction that gluten free and vegan dessert shouldn’t be a sacrifice in experience. I wanted to help people with allergies (like me) feel empowered by their dietary differences in social situations.

I was barely 22 and had no idea what operating and scaling a business involved.

Yikes.

As I evolved as a pastry chef, inclusive dessert innovator and team member wearing many hats, I fear/lessly/fully led Dolled Up Desserts to touch every sector of the food industry, from grocery, national food service, brick and mortar retail and DTC ecommerce. I exited Dolled Up Desserts in 2022, and my next venture is unfolding as I design it. 

Telling my story, sharing my creative works, and connecting with you is part of that creation.

Allow me to Re-Introduce Myself

 My name is Katarina (but friends call me Kat). 

I am a lifelong learner on a self directed, entrepreneurial journey. Buckle up. 

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a writer when I grew up (trying to manifest this now). Instead of pursuing creativity, I attended McMaster for Health Sciences, hoping to help people as a psychiatrist.

After discovering who I was as a young adult, I realized I had no desire to help people as Western medicine prescribed. Instead, I channeled my desire to help others through holistic and social health initatives: working with young mothers, helping criminals navigate reintegration; study women with eating disorders; and support all sorts of folks living with concurrent illness, all while I finished my undergrad. 

I found a passion for primary research (my desire to KNOW is intense), and published a thesis exploring the effects of yoga and tai chi as concurrent therapy for eating disordrs. Instead of pursuing a scholarship for a Master’s degree, I opened my first real business, Dolled Up Desserts, on a whim. Although I believed being a researcher for the rest of my life would fulfill my need to continuously learn, I took a chance on my conviction that gluten free and vegan dessert shouldn’t be a sacrifice in experience. I wanted to help people with allergies (like me) feel empowered by their dietary differences in social situations.

I was barely 22 and had no idea what operating and scaling a business involved.

Yikes.

As I evolved as a pastry chef, inclusive dessert innovator and team member wearing many hats, I fear/lessly/fully led Dolled Up Desserts to touch every sector of the food industry, from grocery, national food service, brick and mortar retail and DTC ecommerce. I exited Dolled Up Desserts in 2022, and my next venture is unfolding as I design it. 

Telling my story, sharing my creative works, and connecting with you is part of that creation.

Favourite Dolled Up Dessert

Salty Chocolate Chunk Cookie

When not baking, I am

Practicing Permaculture

Surprising Interest

Artificial Intelligence

I aspire to be

This Generation’s Martha Stewart

Need an Innovation Expert?

With over 10 years of food science experience, from creating every single recipe Dolled Up has produced, to developing new product lines for clients like Booster Juice and Harbinger Healthy Foods, I offer recipe development services with a specialization in inclusivity (my term for allergen free and delicious).

Need to make your signature dish gluten free?

Want to recreate a family heirloom recipe that suits the allergies of your children?

Want to nourish your customers with more conscientious foods?

Send me a message – let’s collaborate!

Get in Touch

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Need an Innovation Expert?

With over 10 years of food science experience, from creating every single recipe Dolled Up has produced, to developing new product lines for clients like Booster Juice and Harbinger Healthy Foods, I offer recipe development services with a specialization in inclusivity (my term for allergen free and delicious).

Need to make your signature dish gluten free?

Want to recreate a family heirloom recipe that suits the allergies of your children?

Want to nourish your customers with more conscientious foods?

Send me a message – let’s collaborate!

Get in Touch

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