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  • New French bakery in Salem a sweet retreat

    The Boston Globe - 12/19/2013

    Fiore, a Salem native fresh out of Northeastern University, in her early 20s was determined to become a lawyer. Her younger sister, Athena, helped to change her path. In 2002, Athena enlisted her sister’s help working on a high school fund-raiser. Malita’s job was to cook and serve food to 300 people.

    At first, Fiore — who was working in an office at the time — was terrified. But she succeeded in creating a menu and serving the large group, and afterward she realized she liked cooking “a lot better than sitting behind a computer screen.”

    “It was the most exhausting and rewarding thing I ever did,” she said.

    Weeks later, high school menu in hand, Fiore walked into the Strega restaurant in Salem (which is now closed) and asked for a job in the kitchen. Executive chef Arnold Rossman took a liking to her and decided to take her on.