Forget all you knew about pies, because this woman has taken the delicious pastry dish to a whole new level.
30-year-old Seattle native, Lauren Ko, is a whiz at creating beautifully sculpted desserts that’ll leave you stunned and craving for a slice.
Although Ko’s typical 9 to 5 is working as an executive assistant to the chancellor at Seattle Colleges, she moonlights as an amateur baker crafting stunningly gorgeous pies too incredible to eat.
Ko told Mashable baking usually occurs during the weekends and week nights after work and typically takes up to four to five hours from start to finish with multiple steps including making the dough, making the pie filling, and finally creating the crust design.
“I come from a family of good eaters and phenomenal home cooks, so it feels a bit as if I’ve been cooking and baking my whole life,” said Ko. “I have a lot of memories growing up of being in the kitchen and baking with my mom or watching my grandmother cook. I do really enjoy cooking and baking, so have continued to do it on my own since.”
Driven by color and pattern, Ko constantly brainstorms color combinations and geometric patterns that she replicates with pie dough and fruit. Science!
“I usually have some nebulous idea in my head for design and then improvise as I go along, depending on how well the dough or fruit cooperates with my vision,” said Ko. “My final products are generally happy accidents.”
The feedback she’s received for her delicious designs have been nothing but positive for the Seattle baker.
And although Ko only cooks for fun, her Instagram page (lokokitchen) has been so popular, professional culinary chefs have already begun to reach out to her.
“I created this account simply to separate my food photos from my personal account and I started with about 300 followers, all family and friends, and now three months in, I have almost 70,000 followers,” said Ko. “I’m perpetually shocked, a bit overwhelmed but mostly just really grateful.”
Unfortunately, Ko is not selling her pies at the moment but she may be open to the idea of having her own “sweet treat” business.
“Opening a pastry shoppe is not my end goal,” said Ko. “But never say never, right?”
We might have to take a trip to Seattle just for a taste.