Vallery Lomas Title: Food Writer, Recipe Developer Education: University of Southern California, USC Law School Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana Expertise: Baking, Southern cuisine Vallery Lomas is a baker and the author of cookbook Life is What You Bake It. She is the champion of the Great American Baking Show, Season 4. She has appeared on ABC, the Food Network, CNN, NBC, Fox, and the History Channel. Experience Vallery Lomas is a cookbook author and blogger who is best known for winning Season 4 of The Great American Baking Show. She has appeared on the Today show, Live with Kelly & Ryan and the History Channel.Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Vallery attended college and law school in Los Angeles and practiced law in Washington D.C. and New York before becoming a full-time foodie. You can follow her adventures on Instagram @ FoodieInNewYork and YouTube. She has a column with the Wall Street Journal, “The Bakeaway,” and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times. Her articles have been featured in Food & Wine, Epicurious, The Kitchn, Self, Southern Kitchen, Food52, Fine Cooking, Taste of Home, The Washington Post, and other publications and websites.A lawyer-turned-baker and food writer, Vallery credits a visit to Paris and its bakeries for becoming a professional cook. She identifies growing up in the South and the recipes she learned from her two grandmothers as inspirations for her baking success. Her motto is "When life gives you lemons, make lemon curd."She is the host of Vallery Bakes Your Questions, a Food Network digital original.Highlights:Great American Baking Show Champion, Season 4 Education B.A. in Psychology, University of Southern California; J.D., USC Gould School of Law. About Southern Living Southern Living, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, celebrates the food, homes, places, and culture of the South. We reach 7.2 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.