i'm ariel pingault; a self-taught baker and owner of pook's baked goods. i'm the daughter of a chef from who i've inherited a love of sweets, and the nickname pook. i began working with my dad during college summers at the wpafb hope hotel in dayton, ohio where i was taught to cook and was introduced to dessert.
when those summers came to an end and i graduated with a ba in fashion design, baking was put on the back burner (cue awful pun). i moved to columbus, ohio in 2014 where i started working 9-5 as a designer. the job was unfulfilling and so i decided to pick up baking again. everyday when i got back to my tiny apartment, I threw on my apron, blew through cookbooks and started developing my own recipes. in order to share them with people, i launched a blog, (you can find it here). at that point, my friends began asking where they could buy all of the things they'd been watching me bake online.
pook's was born once i started my second job in the fashion industry here in columbus. enjoying designing everyday nurtures my creativity and allowed me to open this home bakery. i started selling at markets in and around town in 2015, and I continue to create custom designed desserts, cater for events, as well as teach small group baking classes.
baking is my way of combining design and food. i focus on baking with quality ingredients that i can celebrate both through simple yet powerful flavors as well as styling desserts to really make them shine.