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About Our Owner

Elena M. Clement, CEPC®, AAC® – Owner

Elena Clement earned an AOS from the Florida Culinary Institute in 1992 and spent the next six years at the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company. Elena was on the opening team for Ritz Carlton, Palm Beach before moving to the Naples property. It was there that she worked with Norman Love, Corporate Pastry Chef for the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company, and refined her mastery of pastry arts. She became the assistant pastry chef for Sweet Jane’s, an upscale, wholesale bakery in Durham, North Carolina.

Prior to joining Johnson & Wales University, Elena was the Executive Pastry Chef and owner of Perfect Pastries LLC™, a high-end, wholesale pastry company in Denver, Colorado. She was a full-time Associate Instructor and the Department Chair for the International Baking and Pastry Institute at Johnson & Wales University in Denver.

In 2012 she started The Guiding Knife™, a small, woman owned business that provides baking, pastry and culinary training to clients at their location. All classes are custom designed to suit the client and are eligible for Continuing Education Hours (CEH’s) through the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Clients of TGK include: Cornell University, UCSD, University of Missouri, and the United States Army.

Elena is a Certified Executive Pastry Chef (CEPC®) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Chefs (AAC®). She is also a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, Washington, DC chapter.

In her spare time, Elena enjoys gardening, exercising, reading and most of all spending time with her husband, Michael.