Patricia Austin became a croissant maker at age seventeen, and later worked as pastry chef assistant to Jeffrey Hamelman (award-winning master baker and now director of the King Arthur Bakery). In 2005 Patricia founded her cottage industry Wild Flour Vermont Bakery, which incorporates her lifestyle of living close to the land. She also works as a baking consultant and recipe developer/tester. Her most recent projects include recipe testing for world renowned pastry chef Pierre Herme's newly released book, Pierre Herme Macarons, as well as dessert testing for the MasterChef series. She lives in Brattleboro, Vermont.