Who We Arewillow cakes & pastries
Sean started working for the bakery on day one. His mother thought it would be a good chance for him to work on social and networking skills, and to give him a sense of responsibility and money management.
Who knew that 16 years later he would be primed to start running the business. Six years ago, Sean returned from traveling abroad and was ready to settle down. He started learning the evolution of the business and industry and learning from his Mother and, at the time, FOH Manager David Collins.
Sean loves the little town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, the people, and the community. He hopes to be able to continue the success of Willow Cakes and help the business to thrive as we enter a new era for the food/beverage/hospitality industry.
Neils is a European-trained chef who has worked in Copenhagen, Paris, Bangkok, and Manchester, England before coming to Canada. Neils had the opportunity to prepare dinner for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip after moving to Canada.
“My daily duties at Willow are to create savoury dishes like quiches, assorted meat pies, and sandwiches, as well as jams and jellies after the fruit harvest. I love the atmosphere at Willow and the freedom to be creative.”
Carol is our Assistant Pastry Chef extraordinaire! She does everything from our day-to-day production of beautiful, delicious individual cakes, to the biggest of custom cakes and wedding cakes.
Carol came to our bakery fresh out of the Culinary and Baking program at Niagara College. She soaked in the knowledge of her co-workers and her Chef, Catherine O’Donnell, and worked her way to being Chef’s right hand woman.
She loves to get creative with her cakes and desserts and gets a thrill from people’s reactions when they see her creations. “It’s really satisfying to see it start from a simple cake and turn into a statement piece that makes people go, Wow!”
Not one to shy from a challenge, Carol has developed into an amazing Pastry Chef and leader.
We’re so grateful that Carol joined our team and has helped make the Willow what it is today. With such raw talent, only the future knows what’s in store for Carol. Thanks Carol!
Megumu ‘Gumi’ Kamarada
Megumu ‘Gumi’ Kawarada is our bread baker extraordinaire! When you walk into the store, you’re greeted with our delicious croissants, muffins, cookies, breakfast loaves, and breads. All that is thanks to the tireless effort Gumi puts in day-in and day-out.
Gumi moved to Canada in 2008 from Japan, and came to the Willow in 2017 after training with numerous chefs. Even though it’s only been 3 years, we feel like Gumi has been with us forever!
She is meticulous, precise and only cares about one thing, “Some bakers have these particular things. Some won’t use white flour, some only do gluten-free. I only care that it tastes good. I love eating it as much as I love making it.”
If you ever see Gumi in the store feel free to give her a wave and tell her what your favourite baked good is at the shop. She’ll love it and we love her. Thanks Gumi for becoming such an integral and irreplaceable part of the Willow Family.
Karen is a self-taught cookie afficionado!
Karen started her career 17 years ago, making cakes for friends and family. Shortly after, she tried something a little more intricate and that something sparked a creative passion — COOKIES!
Now, these aren’t your Nana’s cookies. These are true works of art.
“I love being creative and I love coming up with new specialty/personalized ideas for cookies. I really enjoy what I do. It doesn’t feel like a job.”
We are so happy that Karen has been with us for as long as she has. If cookies are on your list for a shower, graduation, or any event, you’re in good hands with Karen.