We had the good fortune of connecting with Saura Kline and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Saura, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Art, music, and food have always held my interest. As a young girl I was always painting. I loved using oil and acrylic and would spend months if not longer to finish a painting. As I grew older my interests changed but I’ve always created in one way or another. I was in my 20’s when I discovered culinary arts and when I went in that direction I never looked back. I love creating desserts. Making them look as beautiful as a painting but tasting just as well.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Finding your passion is the hard part in life. With all the directions one can go in, nailing down the exact path can be tough. Pursuing your dream is the fun part. I remember when I discovered cooking could be a career and the relief I felt because now I knew where I belonged. Not that it was all that easy, I worked my butt off days and nights and had no social life for a while, but that was just fine because I was happy. I learned from those around me and I figured out what I didn’t know. I worked late whenever I was asked and pushed myself to make each dish better than the last. I loved pastry so much I decided to start a blog, where I could share my food and recipes with others, and make and create beautiful desserts at home. I published my first cookbook in 2019, and I’m just getting started!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love the dining scene in Denver. I’d start by bringing my friend to the restaurant I work at, Hickory & Ash. The food and drinks are always great, and well thought out. I’d love to visit El Five, for the view, the drinks and the Mediterranean fair. Then we’d probably go to Mercantile in Union Station, because it’s always a fun visit there. We’d have a sweet treat at Sugar Sisters Bakery in Castle Rock, and we’d have to stop by Daughter Thai because that’s one of my new favorite spots. No week would be complete without a visit to my favorite neighborhood spot, Esters, and some ramen from Uncle.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Chefs learn from their experiences. I learned from the restaurants I worked in. I’d love to thank Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group for allowing me to learn and grow within their company.
I took all my own photos