Pastry chef and owner IF Café and International Prague Pastry Academy
After participating in the Master Chef competition, she opened her own confectioner’s where she began producing confectionery products for local cafés. She opened her first own confectioner’s shop, IF Café, in 2012, resulting in enormous interest in both quality confectioner’s products and how the products are actually produced. Hence, in a different confectioner’s shop, she created a glazed production facility that forms the heart of the premises and provides customers with the chance to view the whole production process. She has transformed a small, family confectioner’s shop into the IF Café concept, which is recognised nationwide and which displays the confectioner’s art at the highest level. There are currently four branches in the centre of Prague. She is always educating herself and takes Master Class courses abroad – this was the inspiration for the idea to create the International Prague Pastry Academy. She presents her own courses at the academy, enthusiastically passing on her knowledge and experience to others.
Owner IF Café and International Prague Pastry Academy
Pastry chef IF Café and International Prague Pastry Academy
Karolína was baking the birthday cakes since the age of 18. She enjoyed it so much that she decided to take part in a requalification pastry course at the age of 20. This helped her get a job as a confectioner where she was making mostly the custom made cakes. Thanks to the experience acquired she started to work at the IF Café pastry shop. Here together with her team she is preparing the desserts for all the IF Cafés. Karolína also takes part in all the professional courses where she is the right hand of the pastry chefs.
Vladyslav was born in September 1998 in Ukraine, he has been living in Prague since the age of three. He graduated from the secondary school of gastronomy in Braník, Prague. He was awarded the Young Craftsman Award from the Senate, winning the Callebaut Cup in 2015. He is a member of the Junior National Team of the Association of Chefs and Confectioners. In 2018 he won the 1st place in the Gastro Junior finals in Brno, the best junior confectioner in the Czech Republic and was awarded the Czech Hand 2018 – confectioner. All his free time is devoted to desserts and the creation of new recipes.
Professional Courses Coordinator
Lucie was born in Prague but she spent a part of her studies and a significant part of her professional life abroad – from Switzerland, Italy and Austria up to New Zealand. Even though she originally devoted her career to the international trade, her passion for France and the French language sparked her interest in the pastry world. The increasing production of homemade desserts and pastries brought her to the idea of the education in the pastry field which led to the successful completion of the requalification pastry courses at the end of 2018. At the IPPA pastry academy Lucie makes use of not only her language skills but also her passion for gastronomy and contact with people from all over the world.