Born in Berkeley, California, Mae Pike learned to cook at her mother's hip. Many of her early memories are based around watching her mother, Chef Sandy Pike, fine-tune her recipes.
After the Pike Family moved to Louisville, Mae became a restaurant brat, as her mother opened Jack Fry's and Café Society. Growing up in this industry gave Mae a bird's eye view of cooking and running a business. Those two things would become her passions later in life.
Mae attended the University of Kentucky, and then moved west and landed in Boulder, Colorado. Her first "real job" was in the banking industry in this sleepy mountain town. After cutting her teeth in this industry, Pike decided that banking was a little to buttoned-up for her taste, and returned to the Blue Grass.
Once home, Mae jumped back into the newest family business, the Queen of Tarts, an upscale dessert and coffee café in Louisville. As the business added locations, she developed great management and customer service skills running the retail outlets. Mae decided to return to business school at Midway College as the cafés grew.
After the Pike family got "an offer they could not refuse," the Queen of Tarts was sold. Mae was ready for a new adventure, and found herself on the Florida Gulf Coast.
The years in the hospitality industry primed Mae for the next phase of her career, and she excelled as an Event Planner for the Chiles Group on Anna Maria Island. Eight years later, she boasted record sales and glowing customer recommendations. Mae realized that it was time to come back home when she realized she could apply her successful event-planning touch to Home Cuisine.
Upon her returning to Louisville, Mae seamlessly returned to the family business, in its newest form, Home Cuisine. Her first stop was managing the kitchen and anything relating to food production. After a few years of overseeing the meals, Mae is now handling public relations and serves as Vice President of Home Cuisine.