Richie Budiharto Pratadaja

Richie Budiharto Pratadaja

FIKA NYC

I was born in Jakarta, Indonesia. I moved to United States in 2004 to study industrial design. However, I spent a lot of time watching Food Network channel on my free time that made me decided to go to culinary school and pursue my dream. I want to create something that makes people happy. So, I enrolled and graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale in Pastry and Baking program. While I was in sc hool, I assisted my instructor in ACF Pastry Chef of The Year Chef Tracy DeWitt. I also assisted in Chef Stephane Treand’s chocolate showpiece class at the World Pastry Forum 2010. That’s the moment I know that I want to be a chocolatier. After I graduated, I work at the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas for Chef Jean-Marie Auboine. Then I moved to New York and worked for Jacques Torres as sous chocolatier under Chef Christophe Toury. Now, I work for FIKA NYC under Chef Håkan Mårtensson where I have the freedom to create what I desire from confectionary to chocolate sculpting.

Natalya Shapiro

Natalya Shapiro

Chef Brulee Chocolates and Gateaux

Natalya is a native of Ukraine who moved to the U.S. at age 17.

She received her training in the chocolate arts from the Ecole Chocolat, where Natalya become a professional chocolatier.

In 2011 she established the Chef Brulee Chocolate and Gateaux Company located in Roswell Georgia

TarChiauna Thomas

TarChiauna Thomas

TarChi Chris Creations

My name is TarChiauna Thomas. I am 28 years old, a new mother of one beautifully happy smiley baby boy, and I am in the business of artistry. TarChi’Chris Creations is the name of my company and it is a home-based business. Drawing and being creatively in tuned is my passion by nature. Currently, my work consists of all original, one-of-a-kind pieces/portraits that are my own interpretation of what I see, and how I view the world. When requested, I do commissioned pieces as well. I also work in the film industry as a writer, editor, and assistant producer. Because my admiration for creativity heightens continuously, I am always looking for new avenues to artistically express myself, and recently it has come through, literally, the Art of Cake! Culinary Arts as always been apart of my life since high school, but only 4 years ago has the peak of my interest, shifted into the Baking and Pastry field. I have experience with baking and decorating in the past, but I am more excited than ever to take things to the next level and test the limits of creativity with cakes.

Tracy Martin

Tracy Martin

Simply Southern Specialties

Tracy Martin is the owner of Simply Southern Specialties Bakery in Citronelle, Alabama. She has been on hiatus from her shop for the past year studying Pastry Arts at The Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts. Currently, she is doing a three month externship at Sucre’ in New Orleans, Louisiana. After her graduation in August, Tracy plans to covert her storefront into a studio, by appointment only.