About Gemma

Hi Bold Bakers!

I’m Gemma Stafford, a professionally-trained chef & baker originally from Ireland, and I want to get you Boldly Baking the best dessert recipes, bread, and more with confidence anytime, anywhere.

Gemma Stafford on the Bigger Bolder Baking Every Day Cookbook Cover with No Text

What is “Bold Baking?”

Bold Baking is the style I developed over the years baking in tiny kitchens all the way to a Michelin-Starred restaurant. It’s about taking risks in the kitchen and being confident that you can create the best results. No special equipment needed, no rare ingredients, just a daring approach to making something impressive for yourself or to share. And you don’t have to be a professional to do it.

My Background and Bold Baking Journey

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 a Michelin-Starred restaurant 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 three-year-old son, George, and dog Waffles in the Los Angeles area.

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This is your #1 online baking destination! You’ll find my master recipes, my best tips and techniques, and an entire community of Bold Bakers just like you! Where to start? Sign up for my FREE weekly emails so you get notified of new recipes, expert baking tips, and more — so let’s get baking!

Do You Have a Cookbook?

YES! I have TWO! You can buy my NEW Bigger Bolder Baking Every Day cookbook, which is packed with 125 new and fan favorite recipes that cover every craving and every occasion so you can bake with confidence any day of the week. My first Bigger Bolder Baking cookbook is available to buy, too. You can bring home 115 new and classic dessert recipes including my bold twists on cakes, cookies, ice cream, and so much more! It already has 2000+ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reviews on Amazon.

Bigger Bolder Baking on YouTube

Join me every Thursday at 7:00 am Pacific Time for a new episode of Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking on YouTube, featuring simple and delicious baking recipes and techniques that are sure to impress!

Bigger Bolder Baking on Facebook

The best place to connect with me is right here on BiggerBolderBaking.com but you can find me, and other Bold Bakers on my Facebook page as well.

Have I Seen Gemma Before?

I’ve been fortunate to share my Bold Baking style with millions more fans on television and online including as a guest judge on Netflix’s Nailed It!Food Network’s Best Baker in America, multiple appearances on The Doctor’s TV Show and even videos I produced for The Today Show.

About the Bold Baking Network

The Bold Baking Network is your #1 authority for everything baking. The Network is led by Chef Gemma Stafford, co-creator and host of Bigger Bolder Baking, and co-creator and Executive Producer Kevin Kurtz. Our mission is to bring you the most diverse voices from baking experts and enthusiasts to help anyone bake with confidence anytime, anywhere. Our purpose is to bring YOU joy every day through baking.

So join millions of other Bold Bakers worldwide and let’s get baking!

Work with Us

Gemma is available for brand ambassador, select spokesperson work, and media engagements. Plus, there are a variety of multi-platform campaigns we can create with you. Contact us to learn more!


If there’s a question you can’t find an answer to already on the site then please email me at the address below. I do my best to respond but sometimes it may take a while because I’m always whipping up my next Big & Bold baking recipe.

Email: [email protected]

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