Kathleen began her baking career in high school making baked goods and pastries for local coffee shops. She graduated from Loudoun County High School in 2013, and enrolled at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY where she pursued a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts.
After graduation, Kathleen started working as the head baker at Potomac Pastries in Centreville, VA making everything from breads to custom cakes. Kathleen began working at The Conche in April of 2017 as a Pastry Assistant and has worked her way up to her current position of Executive Pastry Chef.
Sara Dobson has been in chocolate on and off for about 20 years. Originally from the U.K. where her parents owned a small chocolate business, she learned the basics, and developed a taste for quality chocolate. Wanting to experience city life, having grown up in a small village, she moved to London to work for a larger, family operated, Swiss chocolate company, where she soon found chocolate was really her passion.
In 1996 she and her husband moved to Northern California, where she worked for a small family business, and was able to share her knowledge. After six years they moved, ane because chocolatier positions are hard to find, she tried her hand at various things. In 2014, they were on the move again, this time her husband’s work brought them to Northern Virginia. Always looking to get back into chocolate, she could not believe her luck when she found out that The Conche was opening. Patience has paid off, she could not be happier, and she appreciates that she is one of the few people who really enjoys going to work every day.