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Meet Bex Barone of Burrito Bex

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bex Barone.

Bex, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It’s been an unexpected, but very fun journey making my way into the food world. I’ve always been a fan of cooking and baking, ever since I was a kid. I think the majority of my birthday and Christmas presents when I was 10-12 years old were from Williams-Sonoma or Sur La Table. By the time I went to college I was able to stock my kitchen, so it’s not crazy surprising that I somehow ended up here.

I started doing photography in high school for fun and once I got to college, started studying art history and taking photography classes. Cooking has always been a soothing process to me. Going to the store, prepping, cooking. I loved turning it into a day-long thing and figured a great way to combine the two things I loved would be to start taking photos of food that I made. There have been a few jobs along the way that were, to some extent, related to food and so my passion intensified.

Now I work as a culinary liaison and have access to all the food I want to shoot whenever I want. You can see the progression of my photos on Instagram, too.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I can’t say I’ve had too many struggles. It started out as a fun thing that I’ve crafted into something bigger and better. There were a lot of jobs that had nothing to do with what I wanted, and some in a direction I thought I wanted 5 years ago, but things change. The last job that I had, which was actually the closest I’ve had as an introduction to the food world, was tough, but it gave me a lot of the passion and drive that I needed to keep me going and moving forward.

Burrito Bex – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’m known for taking some pretty Instagram photos, though I have done some things professionally! My Instagram is really a place where I post what I’m eating and making on my free time. There are lot photos that I snap while I’m at my actual job, but I’m blessed to work between two restaurants and always surrounded by food.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
That’s a pretty brutal question! I think there are certain goals that someone has to make and checking off each of those goals would be a definite path towards success. I’m always trying to set my goals higher, but I think one way of feeling successful is also feeling happy with what you’re doing and where you are in always improving your skills.

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