About the Baker

Dear Cookie,

I remember like yesterday that I was only a little girl when my mom introduced me to the kitchen, and I loved it since then! But this was not a fast discovery… 

As a Turkish Canadian, I moved from Istanbul to North America when I was 20. I lived in Vancouver, Seattle, and am currently living in San Francisco. With a degree in Psychology and post-diploma in Human Resource Management, I worked and volunteered in organizations focused on research, child welfare, public health, and art. Every little experience gave me a different perspective on life and passion. I was always mesmerized by Western culture’s curiosity for ethnic foods, art, and creativity. 

In the meantime, I enjoyed expressing myself through artistry. I kept my childish and artistic side alive by cooking without recipes, painting, knitting-stitching, planning events, writing children’s stories-poetry, and learning piano as well as digital photography. Eventually, my eagerness for both kitchen and art brought me to Dear Cookie. 

I believe we all have limitless potential to discover new passions and skills to spread joy to others. And I feel happy as I continue exploring because to me, the world is a better place when there is imagination, inspiration, innovation, and all types of colors, taste, and perspective.

The ingredients of Dear Cookie are simply love, passion, fun, and taste. As a self-taught baker just started in June 2012, I think there is no limit to imagination as it grows by practice. You can also share your ideas and imagination with me. And together, we can turn them into a sweet reality made with love. 

To say hi or for any enquiry, please contact Dear Cookie or email: info@dearcookie.com

Sweetly yours,

Oya Karatal      San Francisco,CA