Chef Stephan Schigas

Stephan began his career over 30 years ago at the age of 11 entering and winning numerous cake competitions at Wix Brown Elementary School in Langley, BC. In 1993 Stephan completed his baking apprenticeship at Accent on Pastries in downtown Langley and went on to work in a number of Vancouver restaurants and bakeries (including Cin Cin and Raintree Restaurant) before moving to London, England in 1998.nnIn London, Stephan worked his way up the culinary ranks to eventually achieve the position of head pastry chef at the Michelin starred Zafferano, working alongside celebrity chef and author, Georgio Locatelli for several years. Stephan went on to run his own bistro restaurant, The Red Room, before moving to France and then back to London where he worked as the executive pastry chef at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and then more locally in Blackheath, London at the critically acclaimed bakery, Boulangerie Jade.nnIn 2010, Stephan moved back to Canada and settled in Fort Langley with his wife and young family.

While teaching pastry at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) in Granville Island, Stephan began to plan a boutique bakery with a focus on fresh hand-made, high quality food and drinks serving affordable luxurious treats in a relaxed setting that would appeal to all ages. He began to carefully research Fort Langley and other local areas looking for the right location and began negotiations for space in the new Reid Block building over two years ago, before the old building on the site had even been torn down. Stephan was intrigued by the historical significance of the building which is named after Charles Reid who established Reid Blacksmith Shop and Garage on the site in 1910.nnStephan is committed to preserving and celebrating the historical significance of the Reid Block site. He decided to name the bakery, Blacksmith Bakery, the first of many steps in this endeavor. If you know of a story that connects Langley to this site he would love to hear from you. Stephan is excited and honoured to continue in the footsteps of the Reid family and, through his fine bakery wares, hopes to delight the local community and beyond.nn