Chef Chat: Joy the Baker

We caught up with Joy Wilson, a.k.a. Joy the Baker, who just happens to be the baking doyenne of the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans.

Tell us a little bit about your business.

Joy: Joy the Baker is a website and blog and recipe resource that I’ve had for the last 10 years. Out of it, I have built a business and authored three cookbooks: Joy the Baker Cookbook, Homemade Decadence, and Over Easy. Here in New Orleans, I have a studio space called The Bakehouse, where I host cooking classes and workshops.

What is the format of your cooking classes?

Joy: I usually hold weekend classes in the afternoon, intimate gatherings of up to a dozen people. It’s very hands-on and generally runs three to four hours. We are in a converted shotgun double house, where one side of the double is a completely open space with a large kitchen area and dining table.

Do you use the space for other events?

Joy: Yes, we are open for private events if people want to gather as a group. Other than that, I use the space to photograph and test recipes and to do my work.

How can people find out more about you and your work?

Joy: I have two websites. is where people can find my 10 years’ worth of reliable recipes. is all about my studio and events and classes that that take place here. I’m also on Instagram at @joythebaker.



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