Last but not least in our Meet the Team series, meet Andrea Alvarez Reno, who is a cake artist and baker on the Elysia Root Cakes team! Andrea is an extremely talented artist and not only does she excel in the pastry arts, she taught herself calligraphy as well and in her off hours, owns and runs Andrea Reno Calligraphy. Andrea is originally from Honduras but cake artistry and love brought her to Chicago! Andrea received her L’Art du Gâteau certificate from The French Pastry School here in Chicago.
Andrea owned a custom cupcake and cake studio in her native Honduras and worked as a lead decorator for a couple of other bakeries in Chicago before joining the Elysia Root Cakes team! She is also the best dog mom to her dog Manolo. We are grateful to have such a talented person on our team! Read on to find out a little bit more about Andrea!
What do you like most about working at Elysia Root Cakes? As a perfectionist myself I love the fact the all the cakes are done as perfect as possible. The first time I learned that we could use a ruler to make the cake the perfect levelness and circumference it was like fireworks in my brain.
What has been your favorite project at Elysia Root Cakes? Definitely the pleated architectural inspired cake. It was such a challenge and such a unique cake! The fact that it was all white made it better and all the math that involved was thrilling to me.
What is your role at Elysia Root Cakes? Construction of cakes and elaboration of artistic elements AKA Cake Artist.
Motto or personal mantra? You give your best. There is no other option.
Three words to best describe you? Perfectionist, motivated and hard working.
What did you want to be when growing up? Three things: baker, veterinary or forensic doctor!
Describe the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far? Grabbing my bags and my dog and coming to a country where I would have no family (except my husband) and no friends, leaving behind everything I ever knew.
What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? Family and health are the most important thing.
Outside of work, what kinds of hobbies and interests do you have? I’m obsessed with Crossfit and nutrition.
Where is your hometown? I am from San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
What is your hidden talent? I like to think I’m very strong. I can currently squat 200 lbs and I’m going for more weight!