Luminita CirsteaAssociate Instructor, Johnson and Wales University, College of Culinary Arts, Providence, RIBefore joining the esteemed faculty of the International Baking & Pastry Institute at Johnson & Wales University, Chef Luminita Cirstea, CMB was a telecommunications technician in Sibiu, a medieval town in Transylvania, Romania. She had dreams of working in the food industry, but her parents, a history teacher and a landscape designer, had greater expectations for their only daughter. For a while, she pursued her parents’ dreams while putting her own on hold.

Later on, after her arrival in United States, she enrolled in the School of Culinary Arts at Kendall College in Chicago, where she received her degree in Baking and Pastry. Finding her passion for breads she continued her education at San Francisco Baking Institute and French Pastry School in Chicago. Her career accelerated from there working with and for very talented chefs and amazing bakers in Europe and United States.