Achieving her culinary dreams

May. 23, 2013 @ 05:12 AM

Michaila Cosmus is not your average teenager. Seven days a week, she wakes up around 5 a.m. to start crafting up yummy baked goods in the restaurant that she owns.

At the young age of 18, she recently became the youngest graduate of Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, and owns Huckleberry's Restaurant and Bakery in Lake Lure. She became the owner of the restaurant when she was 16 after her family moved from Massachusetts.

"We moved down here and my mom was mainly going to open it. We had our grand opening night and she gave me a manilla envelope and the keys and everything had my name on it," Cosmus said. "At first I was a little surprised. I didn't think I was ready for that but it has been amazing. I wouldn't trade it for anything."

The bakery opened in 2010 with the sole purpose of only making baked goods. However as time progressed, Cosmus decided to start serving lunch and dinner as well. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Wednesday through Saturday and brunch on Sunday.

Cosmus graduated from Polk County High School in two years and then began her courses at Johnson and Wales. She graduated on Saturday, May 18 with her associates degree in culinary arts.

"I was originally supposed to graduate high school in three years and then go a year early. When I was filling out all my paper work, they don't look at the year you're in they look at the classes you have taken, so with me taking the junior and senior classes already they told me I could come right then, two years early," Cosmus said.

While in school Cosmus still worked at the restaurant, taking classes Monday through Thursday and then returning to Lake Lure to work Friday through Sunday.

I loved it. I wouldn't take back, I wouldn't trade that for anything. It was amazing," Cosmus said. "I've been there for two years and it was the fastest two years. I can't believe that graduation was Saturday. It seems like yesterday I was that little freshman walking in the door."

She has plans to further her education by acquiring her bachelors in food and beverage management. She also has plans to expand the restaurant.

"When we decided to do food, we've had a little bit of a struggle. We had to put an addition on, I've even outgrown the addition. We are bumping into each other because we don't have any space," Cosmus said. "We are still trying to figure out where but that way we can start from ground zero and move up. That way there is enough space for everything."

Huckleberry's Restaurant and Bakery is located at 962 Buffalo Creek Rd. in Lake Lure.