Esther grew up in the Bay Area, but loved traveling as a kid and maintains her wanderlust as an adult. She studied business and international relationships. She worked in electronics, then ran a medical corporation. But even as a child her passion was for desserts and she always knew she’d do something related to it. So, when Esther got a chance to run a cupcake business, she was able to utilize her business skills within a business she had a passion for.
She started Estelle in 2011 and has grown the business adding in traditional European desserts and pastries, as well as adding in desserts with a flair from her favorite destinations like Hawaii.
When Esther isn’t working, she likes to spend time with her husband and two kids. They love to travel together, cook, watch Korean dramas, and golf.
Esther’s favorite Estelle menu item is the almond croissant.
Hettie went to pastry school in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was a teacher for 5 years, and worked in top pâtisseries. She is from Scotia, California.
She joined the Estelle team in August 2021.
When Hettie is not at work she likes to garden, hang out with her nephews, eat bagels, and sew.
Her favorite Estelle menu item is the bear claw.
Raphael has been baking French baked goods and breads for years and has spent many years in top bakeries from Boulangerie Borlat, to La Boulanger, to La Parisienne Bakery.
He joined the Estelle team in 2018.
When he’s not at work he enjoys football, basketball, and spending time with his wife and four kids.
Charlin has worked in the food service industry for over 20 years. She went to culinary school for baking and pastry many years ago at a school called Lederwolff Culinary Academy here in Sacramento. She eventually taught at The Le Cordon Blue in Natomas for six years. She is from Elk Grove and spent the last five years as the General Manager at Archetype Restaurant in St. Helena, then as Food & Beverage Manager at Meritage Resort and Spa.
She joined the Estellet team in May 2022.
When Charlin isn’t at work, she likes to refinish second-hand furniture, reads a lot, and is a huge 49ers fan!!
Charlin’s favorite Estelle menu items are the vanilla tart, the ciabatta club, and the Korean beef tartine.
Bobby was born and raised in Sacramento. He started as a pharmacy technician and worked for a while in construction. Until starting at Estelle, he didn’t have any experience in pastry or baked goods. He started at Estelle as a dishwasher, then moved to delivery driver, then went on to be a baker, and now has advanced to the production and wholesale manager.
He joined Estelle in 2016.
When Bobby isn’t at work he enjoys skateboarding, going to the gym, going to the movies, reading, and hanging out with friends. He also enjoys anything science-related and studying different theologies.
Bobby’s favorite Estelle menu is the Korean brisket tartine and the almond croissant.