Chefs

Heather Ostenson
Heather founded Balsamroot Baking, LLC in December 2014 to explore her lifelong interest in food after spending sixteen years in the civil engineering field. She thoroughly enjoys the interplay of biology, chemistry, and artistry that each day of baking presents. Though executing classics well delights her, she has enthusiasm for adapting formulas for better nutrition, innovating, and exploring flavors from around the world. Heather has been a baker, cook, and food preserver since she was a child, with experience in the food industry in back of house/heart of house roles in her teen years. She has taken pastry courses at the San Francisco Baking Institute and a whole grain/ancient grain bread workshop with David Miller, a nationally-renowned whole grain bread baker.

Heather was previously an equal member and Principal-in-Charge of Project Groundwork, LLC. Heather is a licensed professional civil engineer and volunteers on the board of directors for the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and Keep it in the Valley Foundation. She has also served as a volunteer member of the Douglas County Boundary Review board. She acts as Volunteer Producer for Holiday Spice, an annual variety show fundraiser for the Numerica Performing Arts Center. Heather holds a Bachelor of Science, cum laude in Industrial Design from Western Washington University.