Katharina McCawley

Katharina McCawley

Pretty Cake Machine

Born and raised in Germany, Katharina was surrounded by passionate bakers since childhood. In adulthood she decided to pursue her passion, studying pastry at Le Cordon Bleu Atlanta before beginning her career with an internship turned decorator position under Chef Bronwen Weber at Frosted Art Bakery in Dallas, TX.

She has since moved back to the Atlanta and worked at or managed various cake shops, restaurants and bakeries in the area. In early 2014 she focused her attention on Pretty Cake Machine (http://aprettycakemachine.com), a website dedicated to making pastry techniques fun and accessible for home and experienced bakers alike. In its first year, Pretty Cake Machine has received spotlights on websites such as Hello Giggles, PopHangover, Thrillist, The Daily Dot and more. In addition to managing the site, Katharina provides pastries and decorated cakes for Espresso Place in Marietta, GA.

Holly Hicks

Holly Hicks

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

I attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence RI and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree. I have worked in a few small operations including the Hay Harbor Country Club in Fishers Island, NY and The Honolulu Coffee Co. in Honolulu, Hawaii. However most of my experience has been obtained at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, where I worked for both of my internships from college. I currently reside in Kingsland, GA and work as a Cook 2 in the pastry kitchen of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. I love and am passionate about all areas of baking and pastry, but one of my strong areas is decorating cakes. It is something that I love to do and I am continuously trying to learn and grow with the new trends.

Asha Hertel

Asha Hertel

Omni Grove Park Inn

After being a part of an inspirational culinary program at her Asheville, NC high school Asha’s culinary flame was sparked. She was chosen as a competitor in the Johnson & Wales National High School Culinary Scholarship Competition; later she went on to earn her Bachelors degree in The Baking and Pastry Arts, as well as her Masters of Arts in Teaching in Food Service Education. She spent time studying abroad and has since been working in the Culinary/Hospitality Industry. She is currently working as the Assistant Pastry Chef at the historic Omni Grove Park Inn where she provides a variety of cakes and pastries for restaurants, weddings, banquets, special occasions and buffets.

Michael Craig

Pete Schmutte

St. Regis Atlanta

With more than 16 years of sweet and savory culinary experience, Chef Michael Craig brings a unique culinary perspective and experience to the role of Pastry Chef at The St. Regis Atlanta. He oversees the hotel’s pastry team and creation of all desserts for Astor Court and the extensive banquet operation.

Prior to joining The St. Regis, Chef Michael held positions at various Omni Hotels, and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Throughout his career he has had a passion for science, flavor, and art. When Chef Michael is not in the kitchen he loves spending time with his wife and son.

Chef Michael hails from Bloomington, Indiana. After starting his career as a line cook, Chef Michael took a position baking baguettes and fell in love with baking and the sweeter side of the kitchen. Shortly after, he attended Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach, FL.