Creative City Episode #28 - James Avant IV of OCD Cakes

James Avant IV started Obsessive Cake Disorder to make mental health more approachable by associating it with something positive—like cake. As the winner of the 2016 ArtWorks’ Big Pitch, he’s using the winnings to grow Bakeologie, a community kitchen with the goal of getting friends and neighbors around the table to eat, build, and create community. We talk about his background as a culinary instructor, the versatility of baking, and why he didn’t bring any cookies to share during our interview :-(

We also discuss:

  • How he practiced for the ArtWorks Big Pitch and what he did with the Big Check
  • Why his experience with multiple therapists led him to pursue a degree in Neurobiology
  • Creating a class experience that is accessible, affordable, and social
  • His current baking obsession (hint: it involves eclairs)
  • What it’s like working at the Findlay Kitchen


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Music by The Passion HiFi