You may know him as “Chef Al” but to us he is the life force behind it all— our own tenacious tornado. His passion for all things pastry is unsurpassed and his energy is limitless. One of his greatest joys is watching his customers smile when they see and taste his culinary creations. His generosity is unmatched. He is a fierce crusader and will rally with his community for any cause that facilitates true justice and equality for all. He cares deeply for his employees and is constantly taking them right to the edge to extract the absolute best from each of them. If you can stand the “heat” in his kitchen you will come out a better person all around. He is a man of many, many talents and we respect him greatly. Thank you Chef for all your hard work and dedication through the years, for your delicious masterpieces, and for bringing a little bit of Cuba to SLC
Execuitive Chef/Founder/ Co-Owner
Adalberto Diaz CEPC
She is a Saint or at least she is for us. If you don’t know Katie Ray then you don’t know F&E. She pushed her way into F&E like no other. She worked free for months when she started cause we had no money to pay her. She is now a majority owner and we wouldn’t be here without her. She literally balances the force. She will promise the sky to our customers and then convince all of us we have to make it happen. Her compassion shelters us and the fear of her motherly wrath keeps us in line. She’s the Yin of our Yang. She is now the manager of our future location in Provo
Katie R Ray
Say hi to Chef Kallie Crisp. She’s been with F&E for over two years right after graduating from UVU She’s definitely a working bee like no other. She loves her cats Captain America and all things Irish every single dessert that we make has been touch by her for the last 2 ½ years. She recently came back from competing as the assistant of a candidate for National Pastry Chef of the Year. It’s great to have her on our team.
Head Pastry Chef
When Martha came to us, over two years ago and she knew very little about baking. She’s now a very important part of our cookie team. She knows all recipes by heart and has grown so much professionally. She’s hard working, super smart, sweet, quiet and loyal to the max. She is a Mom first and foremost. But she also loves traveling, her best friend, chocolate croissants and spreading love. One of the strongest woman we’ve ever met, she faces challenges with caution but with no fear. Martha is definitely here to stay and we couldn’t be happier for that.
Assistant Pastry Chef
Yanet is the the second Cuban in the team. Don’t be fooled by her exterior, she’s the definition of the strong silent type. No one is faster or more efficient than Yanet. Ok, maybe Maria is. She loves her son Alex, her husband and her dog Rambo and of course her entire family. I still remember when she got emotional after having a cup of cafe con leche cause it reminded her of her sister. We are blessed everyday for having her. She’s definitely the queen of our macarons.
Assistant Macaron Chef
Brian has been with us from almost the very beginning. He has a passion for all things perfect we count on him to achieve the level of consistency you all experience at F&E. He is also the creator of a few of our items including the blackberry cheesecake. We are very lucky to have him as part of the team. He recently had a baby girl and also became part of the shareholders team. Congrats for all these awesome years.
Executive Pastry Chef/Co-Owner
Do you like our macarons? I bet you do. If so, meet Macaron Chef Mike Woods. He started with F&E two years after opening. And his team and him make over 1800 macarons a day and they can’t barely keep up with the demand. His attention to detail borders on OCD and you can see that on the quality of the product his team and him produce. He loves his dog Buddy, buying cars, camping, climbing, potatoes, beef and watching Daria. Don’t talk to him before he has coffee in the morning, after that, he’s just a sweetheart.
Head Macaron Chef/Wholesale Operations
Mike A Woods
Oh Maria! What could we even do without you? Maria has been with us from the very beginning. The good times and the bad times. She also have worked with Chef Al for over 14 years. She has our trust like no other. She does anything and everything and be careful, if you’re slow, she’ll push you aside and take over you job. She is smart, funny, loyal and ,like Chef, will tell you what she thinks with no filter. She loves to learn, stay young, keep her family very close. There is always a fight on who gets to take Maria as her right hand. BTW, Chef always wins. Love you Maria!
Chef de Cuisne
Say hi to our Assistant Pastry Chef Caleb Jones. He came in to work one Thanksgiving eve a year ago and never left. He loves bread, eating and making. He makes his own delicious salsa, pickles and preserves. He has an ever present smile and he is always ready when needed for any task. He loves his family, new flavors, cooking techniques and learning in general. Being a nerd will take him far here. We can’t wait to learn more about him.
Head Pastry Chef
Our dear Patty. She started a few months ago and rendered us dysfunctional. You’ve see our place. It’s huge and there is a lot of people making a mess. This lady make sure our place stay spotless and our crew has tool, equipments and molds ready and clean every time. It’s a task that most people won’t do and we could not operate without her. Patty loves bringing food for everyone almost daily, she deeply cares for others so much she is always ready to give you advice. She loves going out to the mountains with her family on weekends. Making traditional Mexican food and making sure everyone is taken care of. We are very lucky and we love having her