Hi, I’m Heather, the founder and chef at Ggachi Bakery.
As a young woman, I was a professional actor on Broadway, struggling with disappointing auditions and frustrated at the parts I was getting. I realized that I was unhappy, unhealthy, and unsatisfied. That is when I decided that I needed a change.
I went back to school and graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, then studied chocolate making at The French Culinary Institute of Manhattan. I threw everything I had into starting a whole new chapter of my life, becoming an entrepreneur and one of the founders of the incredibly successful business, NibMor Chocolate.
After a few years, I found myself wanting even more, to explore the boundaries of what organic, healthy, and delicious food can really do. I pushed aside my fears and nerves, left NibMor, and enrolled at the International Culinary Center (ICC) to follow a new passion… pastry! After finishing my studies, I took everything I learned from my success at NibMor Chocolate and combined it with my love of pastry to create an entirely new business: Ggachi Bakery!
Today, I am an entrepreneur, yogi, food enthusiast, author, chocolatier, pastry chef, and mom. My first book, ‘From Broadway to Wall Street: Cautionary Tales of an Unlikely Entrepreneur’ hit bookshelves last year. As an advocate of eating real food and avoiding highly processed food-like objects, I want to spread my passion for delicious, organic desserts and pastries across the Interwebs, directly to your table, and your tummy!
How Ggachi Bakery Got Its Name
What’s in a name, anyway? A lot of our regular customers enjoy the delicious treats made by Ggachi Bakery for months before getting around to asking about our slightly unusual name, and for some people, it’s the first thing they ask about. Some assume it comes from our eponymous chewy treat and is perhaps a French or Italian term, two styles of cooking known for their pastries and sweets. The actual story is very different, and not quite what you’d expect, so I’d like to share it with you!
After leaving my career on Broadway to pursue the challenges of being a foodie entrepreneur and a mom, and having run a successful chocolate business, I eventually decided to open a bakery. I knew I wanted to name it after my constant source of inspiration and joy; my daughter, Magdalena. Since she was born we’ve called her “Magpie” for short. It suits her, as magpies are known to be clever, slightly mischievous birds! I really wanted to incorporate the word “Magpie” into the business name, to honor my daughter and make it a real family business. Unfortunately, it turned out that there are tons of bakeries with magpie in their name!
Undeterred, I continued puzzling over how to give my bakery a unique and meaningful name. While in the early stages of developing the bakery business, I was working with a friend who is from Korea. On a whim, I showed her a photo of a magpie and explained that I wanted to incorporate it into the name of the business, but wasn’t sure how. My friend said: “Oh, you mean a Ggachi!”. That is what a magpie is called in Korea, and I was instantly charmed by the sound of the word. Magpies are known as symbols of good luck and prosperity in Korea, and that just seemed like too good a sign to ignore.
Inspired by my friend’s story and my daughter, I decided to call the business Ggachi Bakery, and our delicious Ggachi candies share that fun name. That is also why we have a little bird in our logo—the magpie is our mascot, and its beautiful name gives us a little bit of mystery. So next time you give someone the gift of Ggachi Bakery treats, you can wish them good luck and prosperity, too!