Richie is a sous chef at one of the most forward-thinking restaurants in the country, Moto in Chicago. Born in Staten Island, NY, he grew up in Florida in a large Italian family, so food has always played a big part in his life. Before going to Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, Richie began his culinary career flipping pizzas. While in school, he won the National Collegiate Ice Carving Championship three years in a row. He then went on to work in Boston for a few years honing his craft, before ending up in the Windy City. He inspires to create dishes never seen before and to make an experience instead of just food.
Maude Kasperzak (b. 1988 Toledo, OH) has been living and working in Baltimore, MD as a cake decorator and designer for Charm City Cakes and as a visual artist ever since receiving her BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Maude started out as a decorating intern at CCC in the Spring of 2012 and recently acquired the title of Lead Decorator. Utilizing fondant, gumpaste, and food dyes as her main mediums, Maude is able to bring her artistic abilities in painting, drawing, sculpture and design to each cake she works on.