Churn's Monica Castillo: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

Starting today, we've got some introductions to make. Meet our Caramalpalooza candymakers, starting with Monica Castillo of Churn.

Castillo, who's worked everywhere from the Parlor to the Valley Ho, is a pastry chef with a degree from Johnson and Wales College of Culinary Arts in Providence, Rhode Island.

The hardest part about making ice cream is finding the right blend of milk and cream.

The last movie I saw was Mission Impossible 3 with my daughter.

I wish I lived closer to my parents. They only live in Tucson, but I miss family dinners.

I dislike the Food Network because it gives a false sense of what we do.

I'm a big fan of dining out at local restaurants. I'm very conscious about where I spend my money.

Find Castillo and 16 other chefs at Caramelpalooza, Friday, March 2, from 7 til the caramel runs out, Smeeks candy store, northwest corner of Central and Camelback.

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Lauren Saria
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