Growing up in California's San Joaquin
Valley, a place known as "The Fruit
Basket of the World," Lorraine Tajiri
appreciates good food and the fresh ingredients that go into
making a perfect dish.
After graduating in 1983 from both the
California Culinary Academy and the California
Sommelier Academy, Lorraine chose to
specialize in pastry, honing her skills
at Marriott Hotels in both Northern California
and New York City.
Quickly establishing her reputation as
a creative chef with a unique flair for
dessert, Tajiri switched from crafting
desserts for the hundreds at the Marriott
to creating mouth-watering delicacies
for top-notch restaurants, beginning
with New York's prestigious Arizona 206.
Returning to California, Lorraine won
high praise as the Pastry Chef at Noa
Noa. Gourmet magazine called her desserts "...wonderful" and
declared that "Lorraine Tajiri makes
Los Angeles' loveliest apple tart."
Lorraine also created a wholesale dessert
company that provided restaurants with
specially designed desserts delivered
daily to each restaurant. Her credits
in the past ten years include affiliations
with many L.A. titans including Matsuhisa,
Stringfellows, Bikini, Barfly and Woodside.
Most recently, Lorraine has tapped her
business acumen, creating Cakes to Die
For, a wedding-cake specialty company,
as well as serving as a regional manager
for the innovative restaurant clothing
company Chefwear. She is currently working
as an independent rep selling culinary
apparel and equipment, working closely
with restaurateurs, chefs and caterers
to open and stock their businesses.
Lorraine and her husband Drew Glickman,
partner of a digital media company, currently
reside in El Segundo, California with
their daughters Kylee and Jolee.