Hi! My name is Alina and I am a Tooth Fairy turned baker. I was born in Romania, in a beautiful region that is quite well-known named Transilvania (insert Dracula jokes). We immigrated to Toronto when I was 10 years old, and I went on to pursue a career in Dentistry and particularly Orthodontics - the specialization focusing on aligning the teeth/jaws! I worked in clinical practice all over Toronto for about 11 years, I am a trainer and educator, I have written numerous articles and I have my own business called Risorius.
In my downtime, I love to play video games (League of Legends in particular at the moment), travel, and spend time with family in Blue Mountain where we have two goats and two alpacas! They're so cute and so much fun, the alpacas are named Marvin and Willy and the goats are Q-Tip and Peaches!
My Baking Journey
Baking has always been my happy place (and sometimes not-so-happy place, when things don't go well!). I started baking when I was about 7 years old, making pound cakes and fruit tarts with my mom. Over the years, I continued honing my skills, learning from my MANY mistakes, and kept working on new techniques and more challenging bakes. This took an exciting turn when I was selected to compete on Season 5 of The Great Canadian Baking Show (Netflix Canada/CBCGem)! It was such an extraordinary experience and really fueled my passion. Now, I spend my time baking more than ever, creating new and delicious recipes and sharing them on here, on my Instagram page @luxe.baker, various TV programs, and through my nation-wide baking column "Baking with Alina" with Postmedia. My column is available in publications such as the Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald and many more!