Chef Axel and Chef Stacey

Chef Axel was born in Old Havana, Cuba, and his culinary interest began when, at 7 years old, his grandfather would cook several different foods and have him try them each to compare flavors and textures. From there, while working at a hostel for tourists in Old Havana, he was asked to help the owner in the kitchen one day; the owner was so impressed with the food he made that day that she hired him as her cook — at 17 years old! Axel continued developing his cooking skills while working in that kitchen and simultaneously going to culinary school, where he graduated with honors. After spending his first month in America with family in Miami, he then arrived in Lancaster, PA. Chef Axel spent his first 9 months in Lancaster working at Lancaster Cigar Bar and helping to open Old San Juan Restaurant; he then joined the kitchen team at Tellus360. Axel is now the Head Chef at Tellus360, and brings his unique approach to food with him to share with all those who visit.

Chef Stacey has been baking for over 35 years, starting with store-bought mixes as a very young teenager in Syracuse, NY. She quickly moved on to scratch baking, specifically wanting to make her grandmother’s biscuits and Snickerdoodle cookies. From there, Chef Stacey taught herself many new techniques and developed a broad base of baking skills. She spent many years creating sweet treats for her family and friends, before finally enrolling in a Pastry Arts program (at the age of 50!) to officially pursue her dream of becoming a Pastry Chef. Under the direction of Chef Susan Notter and her team of talented instructors, Stacey completed the Pastry Arts program, while receiving recognition for Student of the Term and Honor Roll, as well as receiving an award for Commitment to Career at graduation. Stacey is currently the Pastry Chef and Kitchen Manager at Tellus360 in Lancaster, PA, where she makes all of the breads for the restaurant (even hamburger buns are made in-house, from scratch!) as well as desserts and items for special events. Chef Stacey recently joined the Pastry Arts Advisory Board at Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts (a division of YTI) here in Lancaster, and looks forward to continually expanding her knowledge of all things pastry!