Founder & Owner & Food taster & Baker
Maka missed good bread she used to eat in Czech & Slovakia and decided to give a little beach side bakery a go.
Plan was to bake everything herself and only open the shop 3 days a week. The Sumner community response was very positive and the bakery now employs 20+ people.
Maka studied business and worked in various account management and research positions prior becoming a baker after training in Bellbird bakery and lots of self-study.
She loves to research and develop new recipes but she mainly sits in front of the computer doing what she hates :).
"We are a multinational team of people with colorful professional careers creating an amazing learning environment full of energy and drive to out-do ourselves. There is always a better croissant recipe, undiscovered ingredient, new way to shape the bread.... journey never ends. " (Maka)
Lex learned the craft in his father's bakery in homeland Korea. Later on, he trained and worked at international bakery in Korea gaining experience in bread making, cake decorating, and pastry production.
He came to New Zealand in 2015 to study English but decided to stay attracted by the country's beauty and relaxed kiwi attitude.
For us, he is a living-walking baking encyclopedia and he keeps us all in line with meticulous organization of all bakery jobs.
Lex won golden medals in Farmers Mill NZ Bread Bake Off for Baguette, Ciabatta, and, Plaited bread and silver for Pretzel.
He goes fishing, but we are yet to see a fish he caught, and he likes heavy-oaky red wines.
Head of Pastry
Lucy was a head baker in Korea before coming to NZ and brought a wealth of knowledge with her. She does everything with flare and smile and we appreciate her advice and guidance.
Lucy is our treasured GPS if we can't find something in the bakery, what happens a lot. She knows where everything is as she can't stand chaos and engages in endless organization of all boxes, containers and tools.
Chef & Delivery &Wholesale manager & many other things too
Iveta can do anything, we couldn't do it without her and she is a truly nice person. She uses her unique food aesthetics in designing and preparing meals & catering boxes, but that is just a start. Her organizational skills come through in every aspect of our business.
Iveta has baking, cooking & marketing experience from Latvia & Norway.
What do we believe in ?
We believe that simple good ingredients in hands of passionate craftsman result in the best food possible with true&pure flavors bringing nutrition and pleasure to our customer.
Head Barista, Cafe Manager
Lucie comes from Czech Republic and is really into coffee. She makes all the customers feel at home and makes early-morning, life-saving coffees for our sleepy bakers but also keeps them all in check as she hates chaos and always restores the order of the place with an iron fist.
Lucie is also a creative person behind our signs and labels and has an eye for all things pretty.
She loves animals, especially her guinea pig Blanka, the most spoiled pig ever eating capsicum in winter for $4.99!
This is probably the only picture that Margie is not smiling on!
Margie manages all service related things and looks after the Sumner shop. She has many years of hospitality experience and is one hard worker not accepting things half-done.
Margie always keeps her calm in difficult situations and supports all of our front of the house team.
She is a keen runner completing several half-marathons and you can see her in the gym early in the morning - sometimes she forgets to bring her work clothes to the gym what makes for a funny morning, thankfully it was winter and she had a jacket.