Kena Talley

Kena Talley

Kakes By Kena

Shekena “Kakequeen” Talley has been decorating cakes for the past 9 years. It all started with a Michaels gift card, a basic Wilton cake decorating course and her God given talent was revealed. With no formal training but natural born artistic abilities Kena is definitely a rising cake artist. Notorious for providing great looking, great tasting cakes, custom cake designs are her specialty. Kena has been competing since 2013 and in her very first competition won first runner up in the Faux Cake Showcase in Atlanta by Patty Cakes and most recently in 2014 competed at Cake Fest in Lafayette, LA in the “That Can’t Be Cake” sculpted cake professional division and won first place. Kena also enjoys teaching cake decorating classes when her busy cake schedule allows.

Renee Loranger

Renee Loranger

Hollywood Casino

Originally from coastal Southern California, I relocated to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2000. With over 15 years of experience in the pastry field, I joined Casino Magic in 2001 and opened the bakery for that property, which later became Hollywood Casino after the events of Hurricane Katrina. I am currently Executive Pastry Chef and responsible for the operations of Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast and Boomtown Casino in Biloxi. I’ve always enjoyed coastal living and continue to embrace the lifestyle on the fantastic and dynamic Mississippi Gulf Coast, surrounded by good food, good weather, and good people.

Irene Widjaya

Irene Widjaya

Peninsula New York

Chef Irene Widjaya began her career focusing on savory dishes, but she found her new passion in sweets and pastries. She graduated from the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley, California, with a concentration in baking and pastry arts. After several years as lead pastry cook and chef de partie at Sofitel Los Angeles and the Peninsula Beverly Hills, Irene was offered a life-changing opportunity in New York. Taking a leap of faith, she packed up and moved across the country with the hope of further advancing her skills under the mentorship of Executive Pastry Chef Deden Putra. Now approaching her two-year anniversary on the east coast, Irene is thrilled to have found a great teacher and leader in Chef Deden, who is no stranger to competition. Both Irene and Deden originally hail from Indonesia, and they have formed a strong friendship based on their common cultural roots.

For Chef Irene, sweetness is the key to happiness!

Minoru Miyazaki

Minoru Miyazaki

Guckenheimer Enterprises

Pastry Chef Minoru Miyazaki grew up in Hokkaido, Japan. He studied baking and Pastry in Tokyo at Tsuji Culinary School, and fine-tuned his techniques and skills working in several pastry shops in Japan. In 2006 Chef Miyazaki moved to the United States to help open several pastry shops in California and Hawaii. After several years of doing this he continued to gain hospitality and pastry experience by working in different environments, including some of the finest hotels and restaurants in the Bay Area, where he continued to improve and contribute his ability and experience. Chef Miyazaki joined the Guckenheimer team in 2014, where he is now Pastry Chef. When he is not working with his pastry team in kitchen, he loves being in the warm California sun and wood working at home.