We had the good fortune of connecting with Chanda Patterson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chanda, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind the success of Kice’s Cakes thus far is that I treat every customer with respect. Whether you’re purchasing cookies or a wedding cake your business is essential to my company. I also take pride in everything I bake and design. I’m my worst critic. I make sure that all items are fresh and taste good. A lot of my recipes were my grandmother’s that I’ve tweaked over the years.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve always had a love for cooking. During the course of my professional career ranging from customer service to upper management in national sales I was able to carry that knowledge into forming my business. I decided after being in the corporate arena for over 30 years it was time to get my feet wet so I enrolled in culinary arts school and decided to open a catering company “Kices Catering. Somehow along the way I started baking. Something I was not that fond of because baking was too precise. There’s been artistry inside of me and I needed to show that. I felt cakes were limited until I entered my first baking contest and saw cakes as tall as I was and were sculpted into unbelievable pieces of art. That was the day I decided to dig more into the cake world. I took some private classes, spent way too much money and said,” this has to work for me.” From that day on I’ve had a love for custom cakes. 2 years ago I decided to stop catering and formed Kice’s Cakes. The road has not been easy but it’s been worth every tear, late night, challenge, gratefulness and thankfulness from my clients. Challenges are apart of life. I’ve always looked at a challenge as away of making me better at what I do. I take them head on and don’t stop until they are resolved. Although, there have been some that I’ve walked away from because they weren’t my challenge to resolve. Knowing that is essential to being successful. Don’t take on someone else’s challenge. This is a quote I live by and it sums up everything: You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Omg, I don’t know that my friend would be able to deal with me for a whole week because I don’t know how to stop working…. lol. But, if they did we’d definitely hang out at the Battery and just hop from place to place. I am determined to walk Stone Mountain so they’d be pretty upset with me but to get to the top would be AMAZING!!! Definitely, Atlanta Botanical Garden. Got to go to Barney’s for brunch and Sweet Georgia Juke Joint for good food, drinks and live music. And walk the Beltline with a scoop of ice cream!! I don’t go out alot but these are my favorite things. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I always thank God for giving me my “purpose” of baking to make others happy with my edible creations. My purpose is also my passion. My children and family who are my biggest supporters. I love y’all so much!! My big Sissy and my Sistars!! I always have to pay tribute to my best friend who passed away and in her honor I renamed my company Kice’s. She always pushed me to do great. I know she’s still pushing me and proud of me. I’m sure she is!!!
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Valentine Day photo courtesy of Devine Studios Photography – Alexis Farley