At 24 years old, most us are taking the first steps on the path toward our dream careers, or still just trying to figure it out. But for Melissa Ben-Ishay, age was not a factor when it came to following her childhood passion and taking her sweetest obsession beyond the walls of her home kitchen. With just the right mix of luck and hard work, Baked by Melissa has become a thriving culinary business and has received nationwide praise for its deliciously unique, pint-sized creations. Watch the video above to see exactly what moved this fearless baker to pursue success.
We've partnered with Banana Republic to share inspiring stories of women whose biggest passions inspired them to make a turn and follow their dreams. To shop the new Summer collection and sample Baked by Melissa treats, head to select Banana Republic locations nationwide on May 6 for an exciting event of fashion and flavor.