Glynis Albright, creator of Glynis’ Kitchen. Photo by Rachel Laukat Green.
“Create a pathway for people to eat and live healthily.”
Glynis Albright was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. At the age of 10, her family left the Big Easy and relocated to Southern California. Glynis lived there for 35 years until she and her husband (saxophone great Gerald Albright) moved to Castle Rock, Colorado. As a child, Glynis found her love for baking and cooking. Today, Glynis is a nutritional therapist who creates foods for people with health challenges, a passion she has been working for over 25 years. “The first three gourmet food lines that I owned were Just Sweet Enough, Cookie Dots/Doggie Cookie Dots, and Mrs. Albright’s TeaCakes,” she says. “All are health conscious.” In 2017, she released her first comfort food line. She named the line Glynis’ Products and after two years, rebranded the comfort food line as Glynis’ Kitchen Products. The line consists of three flour mixes: Glynis’ Kitchen Waffle Mix, All Purpose Coating Mix, and Scratch Mix. Known as the “Waffle Queen,” Glynis says for the last couple of years she has traveled around the globe to promote her brand and connect it with customers.
Photo by Rachel Laukat Green
She recently completed a new product called Glynis’ Secret Sauce Mix. “It was born out of people asking for a sauce with a kick to it and can be used for chicken, beef, pork, lamb, fish, and plant-based meat sandwiches,” she says. She has a sandwich that goes along with it too. She planned to debut the sandwich at the Berks Jazz Festival last April but due to the pandemic, the festival was postponed until next year. “I couldn’t allow the sandwich to sit for a year,” she says. So, she created Glynis’ Kitchen on YouTube channel to show her audience how to make the sandwich. “I am also giving away a free packet of the Secret Sauce Mix to anyone who places an order from now until July 15 at glyniskitchen.com,” she adds. “After the giveaway, the Secret Sauce Mix will be for sale on the website.”
Photo by Rachel Laukat Green
Along with a YouTube channel, Glynis is working on a merchandising line. “Aprons, spatulas, and other kitchen utensils are being created as we speak,” she says. “My audience will enjoy the cuteness of The Waffle Queen in their own kitchen while making Glynis’ Kitchen meals. One of her fans has asked for a “Waffle Queen” doll for young black girls to dress and play with. “As Glynis’ Kitchen grows, I will use my capital to create and satisfy the needs and wants for the cool things that my audience is requesting,” she says.
Glynis hopes to make public appearances that will consist of free waffle tastings, autograph signings, and photo opportunities. But right now, she is grateful that she can connect with her audience through Facebook Live interviews and podcast appearances. She will also continue to feature how-tos on preparing treats and meals with Glynis’ Kitchen and Glynis’ Products on her YouTube channel.
Glynis’ Kitchen Waffle Mix is one of the three flour mixes. Photo by Jimmy Dozer.