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Larisse

Espinueva

Founder, Co-Owner, Head Cake Decorator & Pastry Chef

Born to both artistically inclined parents, Larisse's creativity and imagination has always been evident in her arts and crafts creations as a child. Growing up, cooking and baking were hobbies, along with drawing, which is a skill she was able to utilize in the kitchen as well. Eventually she decided to enter culinary school, Global Culinary and Hospitality Academy, where she earned her diploma in Professional Culinary and Baking & Pastry Arts, and finished the course with a Certificate of Academic Excellence, the most prestigious award in the program.

As an On-the-Job trainee in New World Manila Bay Hotel (formerly HYATT), she has received professional training in the pastry kitchen, cold kitchen, and hot kitchen. Having learned the basics of cake decorating, she taught herself how to sculpt using homemade fondant, and having perfected her technique, decided to focus on custom cake creations.

In the span of more than 7 years in the business, she has grown confident in making quality personalized pastries of all kinds, sizes, and designs for every occasion.

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Jaia

Velasco

Business Manager, Co-Owner & Pastry Chef

Jaia has always loved being in the kitchen and experimenting with food. She uses her past time to browse different recipes of cakes and pastries online to test them out and revise them to make it different from the original.

The work of art that comes from simple ingredients is what fascinates her in baking. With her love and passion for food, she decided to earn a degree in Culinary Arts at De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde's SHRIM (School of Hospitality and Restaurant Institution Management) program where she earned an honorable mention as well.

During her On-The-Job training in Manila Peninsula, she was able to train in all of the kitchens and restaurants. WIth her experience in the hotel, her love for baking began. She started her career as a store manager for Yellow Cab Pizza Co. then continuing on to manage two restaurants in Bonifacio Global City namely, JD house of Lasagna and Grille House. Now, as a partner of Canvas Cake Studio, she is now our manager and pastry chef dedicated to bring out the best from our business.

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Celina

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Pastry Chef, Co-Owner & Cake Decorator

As a child, Ina has always been fascinated with her mom's cooking and baking. At the age of 6, the kitchen was already a familiar place. From there, her passion for food grew into pursuing it into a career.

She earned her degree in Culinary Arts at De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde's SHRIM (School of Hospitality and Restaurant Institution Management) program. She was also a member of Young Hotelier's Exposition (2012-2013) and was one of the organizers of the contest division of MAFBEX (Manila Foods and Beverages Expo) for the SHRIM program of DLS-CSB.

Right after her On-the-Job training in Hyatt Newport Rhode Island in the US, she has decided to join CANVAS Cake Studio as one of the main full-time bakers and cake decorators.

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