In Sao Paulo, Brazil, Giane Cavaliere grew up under the culinary tutelage of her mother and grandmother. As a teen, Cavaliere pursued a career in ballet, until 1994, when she immigrated to the United States as a student of photography. While toiling in the darkroom, she continued baking. When photography went digital, and she saw her beloved craft becoming obsolete, Cavaliere found yet another creative outlet: pastry. Meticulous and determined Cavaliere has participated and won multiple pastry competitions including the Washington, DC Star Chefs Rising Stars Award in 2014 and the Press Award at the 2017 Valrhona North America Chocolate Chef Competition.