Jessica Armstrong first began her culinary career as a savory cook before completing the pastry program at Johnson County Community College. Her travels have taken her as close as Austin, Texas, where she worked for pastry shop Cake and Spoon, and as far as France, where she lived in Moulins in the French countryside and sold baked goods in a local open-air market.
Ater returning to Kansas City, Armstrong began with the opening team at Rye before moving on to become the pastry chef at Bluestem. Her latest chapter is her most exciting yet: working alongside her husband, Ryan Brazeal, chef/owner at Novel.
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“Dessert at Novel is special, comforting and absolutely delicious. Dessert should make you ecstatic,” she said. Armstrong finds inspiration everywhere, from what Novel’s farmers are growing at any given time to her own dreams. “I’m obsessed with flavors, what tastes good together and the perfect balance of sweet, tart and rich. I despise overly sweet desserts. You should feel refreshed, but dessert can also be meant to cleanse your palate.”