We had the good fortune of connecting with Ally Molyneaux and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ally, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Food makes me happy. In so many parts of my life, food has always played a huge role. Some of my fondest memories through my childhood, and of family members who are no longer with us, are of us sitting around a table eating simply delicious food. Not usually fancy, very often the most comforting of family recipes passed down through the generations. Lots of laughter and love, time spent discussing menus, sourcing the absolute freshest ingredients )growing them if possible), time spent cooking together, and then finally the feasting. Just so much happiness! I started my little business baking here in Fort Worth just last year. I made things I love to eat, sourced the most local ingredients possible, and sold them in compostable packaging. It is vital to me that my business is ethically and environmentally minded, as well as spreading love and joy to those who eat things. One of my best customers tasted a mince pie last year and immediately wrote to tell me how it brought her back to her Grandmother’s kitchen, and she was so happy and thankful to feel that. This is exactly why I cook!

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started learning to cook through my life, with mum, dad, Grandma, cooking and growing went hand in hand and it is one of the most joyful things in my entire life. I worked and saved hard to be able to put myself through cooking school to gain a Cordon Bleu Diploma – I knew I was not going to be in a restaurant, but I was excited to cook privately or cater smaller events, to keep life interesting and challenging. I worked my first job out of school at Kensington Palace, London, cooking for the Royal Family. It was an amazing year, incredibly steep learning curve and learned so much! I went back to talk to my cooking school about changing jobs, and they tempted me in to try teaching there. I worked there for 12 years, starting as a junior teacher, ending as Headteacher. I absolutely loved the sharing of knowledge, the constant challenge of new students, having to study all the time to keep up, answering new questions every single day of my teaching career and never stopping learning. Exhausting, challenging at the same time, but mostly exciting. I had the most wonderful mentors there, and colleagues, who will be friends for life. Loving food, teaching, sharing, is the foundation that I built my business on. I am most proud of the transparency in my brand, that everyone can know that when they purchase something from “Deliciousness from Ally’s Kitchen” the ingredients are thoughtfully sourced and purchased, the packaging is compostable and everything is scratch made to the best of my ability. I support local farmers and small businesses wherever I can. My flavours and menus change with the seasons to ensure quality and freshness of produce.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Favourite spots in the city is tough as I have so many! I love Leaves Tea and Bookshop, the absolute best cup of tea in Fort Worth (actually my favourite I have had in Texas!) and tea is very important in my life as an English person! The weekend farmers markets, both Cowtown and Clearfork would feature highly on the agenda. I love Cowtown for it’s honesty and produce, just fantastic all the time. The fabulous buffalo meat, raised just 20 miles away by Battlefield Bufala LLC, is delicious and features heavily in our home cooking. I especially love the produce (and chat) from Opal’s farm, and Pantherville urban farm too. Clearfork is straight to the Icon Bread stand for the best sourdough in town – got to get there before 9:30 if you want to get any! Also Crunchy Girl Granola is usually nearby to get that delicious crunchy snack. Lunches would have to involve Righteous foods, HGSPLY on the river, and Salsa Limone on Magnolia. The Tavern on Hulen serves my favourite margaritas (on the rocks) and some fantastic happy hour food! Dinners are tougher, there are just so many good ones! Black Cat Pizza – to die for, Benito’s on Magnolia for some serious comfort eating and Heim barbeque for all the meat. Place to visit (and not eat!) would include the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, The Fort Worth Nature Reserve (we love the outdoors!) and the Kimbell Art Museum for some culture.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The Table Market on St Louis in Fort Worth is where it all began. Four fabulous foodies plotted and planned to open this wonderful little market, with a view to allow local small businesses to come together and showcase how much talent and beautiful food we have in this town! Trent Shaskan (Icon Bread and co-owner of The Table) sold me some amazing sourdough one day, at Clearfork Farmers market, and chatted away, like he does. I mentioned I had just moved here from across the pond and loved to bake and was looking for a new challenge, and before I knew it he was encouraging me to bake and sell – and they were just thinking about opening The Table, so why not sell there, and work there! So I did. I baked, then I started making and selling pies, then afternoon tea in a box was born. Without Trent’s encouragement I would never have started. The Table has three other equally wonderful owners who all have played a giant part in helping me to be successful, Dixya Bhattarai with her social media guidance, Hao Tran with her organisation of customers and help with classes, Dena Peterson Shaskan keeping the stock and website upto date and in order, and all of them just being so incredibly helpful and willing to lend an ear anytime. Seriously awesome. The Table, St Louis, Fort Worth.

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