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Meet Chef Gemma

Chef Gemma Stafford, Bigger Bolder Baking

Hi Bold Bakers!

I’m a professionally-trained chef/baker originally from Ireland, and I’m passionate about sharing my years of experience, over-the-top baking style, and Irish flair with everyone who wants to boldly bake outside of the boxed cake.

I was born in a small town in the South East of Ireland, and my passion for baking drove me to train as a professional chef before studying with legendary chef Darina Allen at the world-renowned Ballymaloe cookery school in County Cork.

After that I used my new skills as a passport to travel the globe and open doors into the culinary world. I've worked as a personal chef in Italy and on the slopes in Australia, but I was drawn to the United States and the possibilities it might hold. Working in bakeries and Michelin star restaurants in San Francisco, I gained more knowledge and drive to open my own catering business for top tech companies specializing in over-the-top breakfast creations.

Now, along with my co-creator and husband Kevin, I’m pursuing my lifelong dream of teaching people my trade and sharing my culinary adventures and Bold Baking secrets with other Bold Bakers everywhere. We currently live with our dog Waffles in Santa Monica, CA.

Join me every Monday and Thursday at 8:30 am Pacific Time for a new episode of Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking and Bold Baking Basics on YouTube, featuring simple and delicious recipes and techniques that are sure to impress!

Gemma is available for brand ambassador, select spokesperson work and media engagements. Contact us to learn more!


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Kevin Kurtz


Kevin Kurtz is an entertainment producer and marketer with almost 20 years of experience managing and growing legendary entertainment franchises including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pokémon, The Sims and Words With Friends. His work at Lucasfilm, Electronic Arts, Disney Pixar, and Zynga spans theatrical, home entertainment, TV and video games across all media platforms. Kevin has produced and promoted more than 200 hours of blockbuster films and award-winning documentaries, trailers, TV commercials and online content for audiences of all ages.

Now Kevin is excited to team up with Gemma to create digital content and brands that inspire and delight audiences everywhere. He produces, shoots and edits Bigger Bolder Baking sharing Gemma’s bold baking vision with the world. Kevin's favorite episode is No-Bake OREO Cheesecake because he loves the video introduction.




Waffles is a Terrier mix and the official mascot of Bigger Bolder Baking. He was rescued 2 years ago from Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles. When Gemma and Kevin are filming, Waffles enjoys sleeping in his bed until someone comes to play with him. He loves to eat cake, even when he's not supposed to, and his favorite episode is now Homemade Ice Cream for Dogs because he just can't get enough of it.

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