Chef Meghann Shaffer

Chef Instructor, Baking & Pastry Arts

Instructor Meghann Shaffer
Location: Online Programs
Favorite Dish: Bah nam young

"I love teaching! For 15 years before culinary school, I worked as an advocate for at-risk and traumatized youth and teens. My favorite part of those jobs was teaching and mentoring. For many reasons, I decided to make a career change and follow my heart into pastry. I love to mentor and coach my students, ignite some of that passion, and watch them begin along their journeys. I have found my tribe among the amazing faculty, whom I have had the pleasure of learning from and working alongside."

Chef Meghann Shaffer


Chef Meghann owns Blackbird Baking Company in Fort Collins, CO, a completely custom cake and confections company. She auditioned and made the shortlist of 8 final contestants for the Spring Baking Championship on the Food Network. For her Caramel Apple Spice Cake with Pumpkin Pastry Cream Filling, she won first place in the apple-themed contest.

She runs a food blog called Tinker and Bake and has also worked in roles as a Pastry Chef, Baker, and Manager in dessert bars and bakeshops.

Meghann traveled around Iceland a few years ago, trying their delicacy rotten shark with a black death chaser. She has also tried other culinary delicacies including scorpion. Prior to her culinary career, she worked in mental health and social work for 15 years.

Honors, Awards & Affiliations

  • First Place - Apple-Themed Contest, Spring Baking Championship, Food Network
  • ServSafe® Manager

Professional EXPERIENCE

  • Manager/Baker - Spruce Confections, Boulder, CO
  • Pastry Chef - Starlight Dessert Bar, Loveland, CO
  • Executive Pastry Chef/Owner - Blackbird Baking Company, Fort Collins, CO


  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Northern Colorado
  • Certificate of Pastry Arts, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, Boulder, CO

Special Interests

Sewing and gardening.

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