The team

It takes a huge team effort to make all the good work we do happen, and we’re extremely proud of all our in-house contributors.

Here’s your chance to get to know us a bit better:

The Bakery

Kevin Gilbert

 

Kevin is the key person behind Gilbert's – master baker, product developer, salesperson, procurement officer, chief of staff and many other titles.

Kevin got into baking in around 1989 when he wanted to leave school but was only allowed to do so if he had a job or apprenticeship lined up. Once qualified, he went on his OE where he ended up in Scotland. When he got back NZ, he retrained as a chef and worked in restaurants such as Thornley's and Te Papa's Icon, before a 5 year stint in hotel front office in Wellington, Queenstown and Auckland.

A long-standing belief that there is more to bread than what can be found in a supermarket led to the ongoing experiment that began with Charlotte's French Bakery, progressed to Lievito Bakery and has now morphed to Gilbert's Fine Food.

He is current president of Baking New Zealand and bakery expert for WorldSkills NZ. A regular contributor to The Star and other publications, he can also turn a dab hand to cooking and baking demonstrations to groups large and small.

In his spare time, he likes to play guitar and piano; distill and brew his own concoctions; and spend time in the garden (tending to edible plants only; the decorative ones tend to disappear).

Esther Gilbert

 

Esther was born in Switzerland moving to New Zealand with her family in 1986 when she was still young enough to develop a sense of humour. Her Swiss background has had an influence on many of the products available at Gilbert's and continues to be a source of inspiration.

After attending high school and the University of Otago and still having no idea what to do as a proper grown-up (a state of mind that continues to this day), Esther spent almost a decade working in hotels (reception, conferencing and management) in Queenstown, Wellington and Auckland.

A couple of positions in senior management provided a good grounding for the bulk of the work Esther does for Gilbert's - namely, the admin - hidden away but apparently necessary. Accounts payable and receivable, payroll, health & safety, Food Control Plan, website, and plenty of emails - the list is endless.

She enjoys being at the Farmers' Market on a Saturday and completing some of the delivery runs during the week as an anti-dote to sitting in front of a computer most days.

Spare time is usually spent reading a good book or indulging in crafts.

Dana Noye

 

Originally from Christchurch, Dana decided to live in a city with more solid foundations and moved to Dunedin shortly after the 2011 earthquakes.

She joined the Gilbert’s team when we opened the shop in 2012, and has been the friendly face at the counter ever since. She is in charge of most of the non-baking food production, and has become a dab hand at filled rolls, biscuits, soups, salads, cake decorating and the myriad other tasks left to her on a daily basis.

She is our second-in-charge and left to make all decisions, big and small, when we’re not around. In 2020, Dana signed up as one of our apprentices, working towards a qualification specialising in cakes and biscuits.

An avid reader Dana is often engrossed in a novel and when asked to describe what else she does Dana says she "searches the world for unicorns leaving a trail of mischief and mayhem in her wake".

Cam Stichman

 

Dunedin born and bred, and working with food since around early 2000s.

He joined the Gilbert’s team when we moved to Otaki Street in 2012, and is our head baker, finishing his baking qualification in 2017. He comes to us with a wealth of experience from working both in supermarket bakeries and in the world of cake making and decorating. With us, he’s found a new enthusiasm for baking and has enjoyed learning new products and methods.

A very proud father of three (Riley, Lyla and Peighton), Cam is quick with a laugh, smile and joke. There is a standing challenge at Gilbert's – to record Cam's laugh to use as a ringtone.

Greg Hollick

 

Another born and bred Dunedinite, Greg learnt the baking trade in supermarkets. After a detour into the world of car mechanics, he returned to baking when he joined us in 2015 as a journeyman baker. In late 2020, he signed up as one of our apprentices and is looking forward to finishing what he started many years ago, qualifying as a baker specialising in breads.

Greg continues as a car enthusiast and has a couple of vehicles at home which he is trying to resurrect in his spare time. He is also a keen gardener.

He is a very devoted dad to Macklin.

Catherine Taylor

 

Southland born and bred Catherine joined us as apprentice baker in December 2020, specialising in cakes and biscuits.

Lucy Neilson

 

Lucy grew up in Oturehua and came to the big smoke after finishing high school.

She has been part of the New Zealand Under-21 Women's Team for curling; has earned the St John Grand Prior's Award, and spent some of her limited spare time working at the local cafe.

A long-held dream to work in hospitality has distilled down into a desire to become a baker and since 2020, has been with us as an apprentice, working towards her qualification, specialising in pastry.

Annelise Scharpf

 

Annelise regularly joins us at the Otago Farmers' Market.

While still at school, and inspired by her grandfather who was also a baker, she joined us as a volunteer in 2017 and we put her on the payroll in 2018 when we realised that she was here to stay.