Chef Charity is a Pastry Chef and Cake Artist in San Diego, CA. She specializes in chocolate and sugar art particularly with regards to wedding, specialty and extreme cakes. She has also specialized in baking and cooking for those with food allergies and sensitivities, which she terms “Free Baking”. Charity owns d’Zrt Cake Studio in La Mesa, CA. Charity is also President of the Board of Directors for Icing Smiles. Icing Smiles is a non-profit organization that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by the critical illness or medical crisis of a child. As a medical mom (2 of her 3 children have medical challenges, Leukemia, RA & Chrone’s disease) and a cake artist, Chef Charity is an excellent fit as a member of the board for Icing Smiles. www.icingsmiles.org Although she’s had a 26 year career in food, for the last 10 years she has worked exclusively with cakes, pastry, sugar and chocolate. She’s been a contestant on TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off twice in season 2; winning the taste competition, and was featured on TLC’s Fabulous Cakes and the Niecy Nash Wedding Bash. In the Fall of 2012 appeared in 2 Food Network shows, Cake Wars and Halloween Wars (season 2) and Halloween Wars again in Season 5 (Fall 2015). She was then a special guest Chocolatier on the Valentines episode of Cake Wars in 2016. The pilot episode of Caketastrophe was based on an Icing Smiles story, and Charity was also a part of that show. Coming soon, Charity will be seen again on her final appearance on Halloween Wars Season 7, October 2017, and on a new series on Netflix releasing early 2018 In March 2013 Craftsy.com released it’s first Isomalt class, taught by Chef Charity. The educational site, YummyArts.com has a catalog of Chef Charity’s classes. She’s also a judge at numerous cake shows/contests and teaches sugar and cake arts across the country.