Session: Detroit Creative

April knew at the early age of 9 that she wanted to be a baker and started making treats for her family on a regular basis. As April’s curiosity grew she began exploring more sophisticated recipes and started a home based baking business in 2008. In 2010 April attended Macomb Community College for Pastry Arts. There she gained knowledge on Pastry Techniques, Artisan Breads, French Pastries and Recipe Development. It was during this time that April knew that she wanted to open a bakery in the Detroit and discovered D:hive and later became one of the graduates of the February 2013 BUILD class. 

In September 2013, April along with Michelle opened their first bakery in Detroit on the historical area known as The Avenue of Fashion. April has baked for Oprah Winfrey (September 2014). In 2015, April participated on a panel at the CGI America with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Kresge Foundation President Rip Rapson and former POTUS Bill Clinton. In 2017, April won top prize in the QL Detroit Demo Day Competition. In 2018, April was given the honor of being a Pastry Chef for the James Beard Foundation's Media Awards (NYC). She’s also a 2018 James Beard Foundation Chef Boot Camp Alum. April and her Mother made a featured appearance on The Today Show (NYC, 2019). April presented her TEDx Talk in 2019. 

A native Detroiter, April Anderson is a graduate of Chadsey High School and holds a Bachelors of Science from Spelman College (Atlanta, GA), a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI), and a Associate of Pastry Arts from Macomb Community College (Warren, MI).