At the age of four, Elissa's love of baking began by helping her Mom with her Grandma's pie recipes. A year later she received Who's That Short Chef cookbook. Elissa made her first recipe modification on the Snickerdoodle recipe from that book..."this needs more butter!" Since then she is always striving for the best possible taste from every goodie she creates.
Elissa grew up loving all sweets, but her least favorite was cake. Cake tended to lack in flavor and the frosting was sickly sweet. After college, she worked at Spruce Confections in Boulder. They made butter cakes with French-style buttercream. After one bite, she thought, where has this kind of cake been my whole life!
Before starting d'Elissious in the summer of 2009, Elissa was the pastry chef at The Little Nell, the only five star/five diamond, luxury hotel in Aspen.