Joanne Canady-Brown is owner and head baker of The Gingered Peach. She graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in economics and began working on her MBA at her alma mater in 2010 before taking a leap of faith and leaving her studies to start her baking career journey and open The Gingered Peach, a nationally recognized bakery and New Jersey foodie destination. In 2018, she was one of twenty women nationally awarded a fellowship from the renowned James Beard Foundation for the Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership program.
In 2019, Joanne was named as one of the “Baker’s Dozen”, a list published by Baked from Scratch magazine recognizing the top trailblazers to watch in the baking industry today. In 2023 she opened her second concept, Melba Ice creamery to much acclaim, and also took over ownership of Rojo’s Roastery, a bean to brew coffee roastery and cafe which she is stewarding into its new future.
When Joanne is not baking or churning ice cream she can be found spending time with her husband Matthew, children Zoe and Greyson and their loyal family dog Link. She is also a social activist, raising awareness regarding food insecurity, economic inequity and the need for job development programs in the culinary industry.