Tori McKinley

Tori McKinley

Madd Sweets

With a passion for food Tori McKinley threw herself head-first into the restaurant world. After several years in the restaurant industry, Tori graduated from The Art Institute of Atlanta under Chef Paul Bodrogi in 2008. She quickly became the Pastry Chef at Honey Bee Bakery in Oxford, Mississippi making Artisan Breads, Pastries, and Specialty Cakes for Owner/Pastry Chef, Shannon Adams, whom Tori credits much of her baking knowledge to.

In 2012, Tori travelled to New Zealand and studied the work of Pastry Chef and Chocolatier, Kevin Martin. After returning to Atlanta, she became the Pastry Chef at Affairs To Remember Caterers. In 2014 at Pastry Live, Tori unveiled “Madd Sweets.” Madd Sweets specializes in catered desserts for private events and specialty cakes, and is described as “familiar flavors revisited with fun.”

Tori is currently the Assistant General Manager and Event Coordinator at Tavernpointe in Atlanta, Georgia. In her spare time, Tori continues to compete in the pastry world and work on developing Madd Sweets.

Marian Rescigno

Marian Rescigno

Mae’s BAKERY

At the young age of 22, Marian Rescigno leads the custom cake program at Mae’s Bakery. She has created sculpted cakes across the city! She is known for her ability to bring anything to life as a cake, from a garden gnome statue to a gravity-defying carafe pouring a cup of coffee. Marian designs unique and memorable creations for the likes of Usher, Chevy Chase, Chris Evans, Paul Rudd and many others.

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.