Get to Know Chef Susana Davila of Swiss Bakery
Name: Susana Davila
Current Restaurant: Swiss Bakery
Previous Restaurants: Gustitos (in Peru)
Favourite Hobbies: Sewing & baking pastries
Favourite Chef: Chef Sandra Plevisani, a Peruvian chef known worldwide.
Chef Q & A
1. When did you start cooking? What is your fondest memory of cooking?
I started cooking as a young girl to help out my mother who had to work a lot. My fondest memories of cooking were with my grandmother who was like a mentor and teacher to me. She taught me so many things.
2. How did your passion for food begin?
As a young child, I always loved baking. When I moved to Canada seven years ago, I leaned into my passion and started to bake professionally.
3. Describe your favourite dish to make.
One of my favourite dishes to make is, of course, a sweet dish. It is called a Crema Volteada which is a creamy Peruvian flan. It can be tricky to make as you have to be incredibly precise.
4. What are your favourite ingredients to work with? What ingredients do you shop for at Wholesale Club?
My favourite sweet item to use is condensed milk. For the savoury items, I like to use a Peruvian red and yellow pepper paste, which you can use in so many dishes.