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Stephan C Baity

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Stephan C. Baity, father of 4  (Seth, Olivia, Mikayla, and Judah Rose), culinarian, and a proud native of Canton, Ohio .  After graduating culinary school in 1999, he spent time at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, MI studying under internationally known chefs.

Being mentored by some of the greatest in the field and working in many venues from catering to contract management dining, he’s found that the key to success in is being courageous enough to try something new and taking the risk to believe in yourself! While he is best known for his creativity and flair for dramatic plating, in recent years he has burst onto the fruit and vegetable sculpting scene.

As the founder of Graffiti Carving, he’s taken home the gold in a number of sculpting competitions. As an artist he uses the canvas of fruit and vegetables to send a unique message that encourages other culinarians to push the boundaries. His philosophy is “Boxes are for dead things. If you want your work to live on, break out of the box!” His sense of adventure, humor and work ethic is his trademark.

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About the author, Shawn

Chef Shawn has worked in almost every segment of the foodservice industry. He holds business degrees and certificates in Culinary Arts, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Accounting and Professional Sales. He is Certified Executive Chef (CEC) and a Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) through The American Culinary Federation. A Certified Culinary Professional (CCP) through the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He is the author of The First Timer’s Cookbook and The First Timer’s Bakebook. His work has been recognized nationwide as well as being a regular contributor to numerous food service publications and outlets and is the recipient of numerous awards-most recently the 2015 Culinary Educator of the Year through the local American Culinary Federation’s chapter-Beehive State Chef’s Association.

He the owner of multiple food service businesses, facilitates certificate courses for eCornell University and hosts the Business Chef Podcast.

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