Christian Castillo

Christian Castillo

Cherokee Town & Country Club

Originally from Argentina, Christian developed his love for pastries at an early age. Along with his mother they used to challenge themselves at home by cooking all kind of delights. His friends and family discovered his talent and used to ask him to cook and bake for them; from cookies to wedding cakes.

He always knew pastry was his passion but he wanted to dive in deeply in this extensive sweet world. That’s reason why he decided to become a Pastry Chef at Le Cordon Bleu in Atlanta. Being around excellent and recognized Pastry Chefs pushed him to levels he never knew existed. He began his externship at Cherokee Town & Country Club in Atlanta, GA; where he had the pleasure to work closely with Chef Heather Hurlbert. Today he is still working at Cherokee Town & Country Club under the talented Executive Pastry Chef Alex Hwang. Her skills, enthusiasm and great passion for Pastry have inspired him in unimaginable ways.

Aya Webster

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Brown Palace Hotel and Spa

Aya has been interested in cakes and sweets since childhood. It’s the classic tale of watching Mom decorate cakes with a star tip and store bought sugar decals. But life happened and instead of following this interest, she pursued the traditional college track and earned a bachelors degree in Anthropology.

Since college, she has worked for two restaurant corporations holding varied positions in purchasing, marketing and quality assurance. It was during these years which she confirmed her desire to work in the food industry, just not in the all-confining cubicle.

With a great deal of help and support, she followed her passion into the kitchen as an entry level pastry cook at the Colorado Convention Center in 2010. This high volume experience lead her to The Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. During this time, she was able to hone her skills professionally while completing an associates in Baking and Pastry from Johnson and Wales University and an internship at Frills Cake Shop.

Her ability to excel in a multifaceted hotel pastry kitchen and decorate cakes landed her the Cake Decorator position at the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa in the fall of 2012. As a full time member of The Brown Palace, she is proud to produce wedding and specialty cakes along with Afternoon Tea pastries for Denver’s finest guests.

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Flora Aghababyan

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Wynn Las Vegas

As chief cake designer for Wynn Las Vegas and Encore, Flora Aghababyan upholds the Wynn standard of excellence through her whimsical and uniquecake creations. Since joining the resort in 2007 as a cake artist, Aghababyan brings her sharp talent and a keen imagination to all of her designs.

Growing up in Armenia, Aghababyan began baking as a child, and her hobby quickly revealed itself as a passion. As her interest in pastry arts grew, she focused on learning everything she could to produce edible, dream-like cakes. She went on to refine her skills in several Russian and Armenian bakeries.

In 2000, Aghababyan came to the United States to work as a pastry chef at Chalet Pastry in Hollywood. Shortly thereafter, she joined the Bellagio Las Vegas as chief cake designer where she catered to celebrity clientele and showcased her talents by creating multi-dimensional cakes and pastries.

In August 2007, Aghababyan joined Wynn Las Vegas, where she prepares and adorns cakes for weddings and special events held at the resort. She enjoys transforming cakes into elaborate works of art, contrasting her intricate sugar work with simple flavor combinations, such as vanilla cream with assorted berries. Her pastries have been showcased in competitions such as “Food Network Challenge,” and her cakes and pastries have been featured in People, Star, Wedding Stile and Brides magazines. Most recently, she was awarded the World Grand Prize in the Grand National Wedding Cake Competition in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Sara Hardy Williams

SaraHardyWilliams

The Cakehouse at Waterstone

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For the last 20 years, the only place anyone can imagine Sara being, is in a kitchen, whether it is her own kitchen, or at work, or as a guest pastry chef, or freelancing for a company, it is the one place she can always be found. Twenty years ago, when she took a tiny class, as a newlywed and young mother, she never dreamed that cakes would be such an important part of her life. In the twenty year travel, she has been “Blessed” with the opportunity to do cakes for various movies, politicians, members of royalty, television shows, and be a part of The Next Great Baker Season 2 cast on TLC, plus am entire host of clients who have become family. But her biggest blessings have been the thousands of Brides and Grooms who have called upon her to help make their day special. She has worked for a national grocery chain, a private resort, owned her own bake shop for 13 years, then decided to move from her hometown of Rome, Ga to Acworth,Ga where she joined the Waterstone Events team, during the creation of The Cakehouse at Waterstone. After almost 3 years at Waterstone, Sara decided to build the professional kitchen of her dreams and take her wedding cake business to a higher level. Opening Cakehouse on Main in January 2015 took Sara to a place where she could make sure the main focus on her cakes was indeed the taste.

Sara is the mother of two grown children. Michael and Mary Katherine.

Growing up in a family full of Southern Ladies who loved to fill their homes with baked goods and candies at every holiday, baking seemed to only be a natural progression for Sara. It started with a simple class, then sending treats almost daily to work with her then husband, and making birthday cakes for friends and family members. Word of mouth turned a passion into an explosion of a business and a life full of blessings.