James Gayen

male baker posing in front of baked goods displays

Tell us about your job and what you do: 

My job entails coming into the bakery at one o’clock in the morning, and making keto bread as well as pastries. I make everything from cookies all the way to full-sized cakes, including gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan and keto items.

How did you decide to become a baker?

I’m a seventh-generation pastry chef, it was predestined for me to become a pastry chef. I’m one of the only male pastry chefs in my family. All the previous pastry chefs in my family were women.

What makes your bakery unique?

We pride ourselves with making everything from scratch, nothing ever comes from a box, nothing ever is made with synthetic ingredients or artificial sweeteners. If you can dream it, we can make it. That’s our motto.

What is your favorite item on your menu?

We have a cake that’s called the butterfly cake, and it’s named after my grandmother, Saramaylee. Her name means butterfly.

How long have you lived in League City?

I’ve lived in League City since for five years. I was born in India and when I was 11 moved to Florida. Then I moved to Texas. My partner Johnny and I opened the bakery two years ago in 2016. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else; this is home.

What do you miss most about your home country?

I mostly miss my family in India because all of my family still lives there. I'm one of the only members of my family that live in the United States, besides my brother and father who live in Florida.

Why did you choose to open your business in League City?

We feel that League City is an extension of our own family. We want our family to be happy so we will always bend over backward for them.

What is your favorite restaurant inLeague City?

Other than my place? (Laughs) My partner Johnny and I haven’t had the opportunity to go to every restaurant in League City, but we are trying. So far, I like Kelly’s. Malay Malay is phenomenal. As far as barbecue goes, that would be Red River. Those are the places I like to go to.

What do you think makes League City unique?

League City is like no other place around, everybody treats you like family. People are so friendly here, you walk down the street and everybody says hello to you. It’s not like any other city around.