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 the Baking Industry Association of NZ 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 not knowing what she wanted to do with her life, (she will tell you that she still doesn't know what she wants to do when she grows up) Esther spent almost a decade working in hospitality (hotel 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 - being most of the admin - hidden away but apparently necessary. Invoicing, paying bills, payroll, budgets vs actuals, the Food Safety Programme, the list is endless.

She spends most of her week working as administrator at a local accountancy firm and enjoys being at the Farmers' Market on a Saturday as an anti-dote to sitting in front of a computer all day. Esther can also be seen most mornings at the bakery either packing orders, doing yet more paperwork as well as being Kevin's assistant at baking classes.

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 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.

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. He comes to us with a wealth of experience particularly with cakes having previously been something of a figure in the event and wedding cake scene in Dunedin. 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.

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 very devoted dad to Macklin.

Kris Wilson

 

And yet more Dunedin born and bred folk.

Kris has been in the food industry since leaving school in around 2000. He is an experienced chef, pastry chef and baker so brings a broad range of experience to the team.

He joined Gilbert’s in 2019 having spent time working in Australia and the UK. We’re currently trying to teach him patience as he learns to work with sourdough breads.

In his spare time, Kris spends a lot of effort renovating his house and mowing lawns.

Annelise Scharpf

 

Annelise joins us during school holidays and for the odd weekend shift.

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. She helps wherever she’s needed but is happiest bossing around the bakers.

Kaitaia Wiseman

 

Kaitaia joined the team in 2019 and works for us to save money for a big overseas trip in a few years' time.