A Corona del Mar resident has one pie tin in the door toward opening her own bakery after winning an original recipe contest for a Los Angeles-based bakery chain.
Tamar Gugasian, 36, whose family owns 21 Oceanfront Restaurant and Doryman's Inn in Newport Beach, will have her home-made sugar-cream pie for sale at SusieCakes locations this week as the winner of the Home Baker Pie Contest.
"I am so excited and honored that they would choose my own recipe," Gugasian said of the recipe, which uses a crumble chocolate-chip cookie crust because members of her family have nut allergies. "It feels like the start of something — I have more enthusiasm to get moving on my dream."
That dream would be to open her own Armenian American fusion bakery under the name T-Sweets, with eco-friendly packaging, natural ingredients and philanthropy at its core, Gugasian said.
"Baking is just a hobby," Gugasian said. "I feel really fortunate that I've had the support of my family and I want to pay it forward."