Kevin Sibley, founder of Mama’s Cupcakes and winner of the National Cupcake 2009 Cupcake-off 2009What do you do day-to-day?I’m a sole trader, heading my own business called Mamas Cupcakes. I started the business a little over a year ago after leaving work as a graphic designer to care for my mother who had cancer. Sadly, she died on New Year’s Eve 2008 and, in the following months, I gathered myself up and started to promote my business more. I designed a website www.mamas-cupcakes.co.uk so that I could sell cupcakes and fudge to order. My graphic design skills came into play here, as it did for all my labelling design too.I deliver the cakes myself within a 40-mile radius, as they are too delicate to courier! I also do farmers’ markets every weekend and my main sell there is homemade fudge. I take the cakes along, too, but that is mainly as a promotion, as I tend to cater for weddings, parties and celebrations. How did you get into baking?My mother taught me to bake from a very young age. I was making cakes from about the age of seven or eight. I’ve always had a passion for a good dessert and I love it that now I’m making cakes for a living, something that I really enjoy. It’s very creative so it satisfies that side of my nature too.Chart your career pathFor the past 12 years I have been a graphic designer and I still do a bit of freelance when time permits. The past 18 months has been concentrated on building Mamas Cupcakes. My long-term aim is to have a high-end tea/coffee house where my cupcakes will be my selling point. I’m looking at relocating, hopefully to Eastbourne. The key to a good café is to have good coffee and tea, both of which I have sourced; and if the cupcakes go down well too, hopefully I’ll be on to a winner!What was your training or education?In baking I am completely self-taught, with help from my mother, who was a great cook. She created many of her own recipes, which I have inherited. They’re very nostalgic recipes and I’m tempted to get them published one day – who knows?What have been your highlights since winning the cupcake-off?One function I catered for this year was the National Young Filmmakers’ Awards held in London. The boxed cakes were given as gifts to the awards presenters – celebrities such as Sienna Miller, Ben Miller, David Harewood and Ralph Little, among others. I’ve been interviewed on Gaydar radio, which was amusing, and for a couple of magazines. There has been more interest from customers and orders have certainly increased. It’s amazing what a title can do for you!
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 28, 2014 at 5:28 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Matt Park, the “Voice of the Orange,” was charged with driving under the influence on Saturday morning, according to Greenville County 13th Judicial Circuit Court records.Park who usually calls Syracuse football games did not do so Saturday at Clemson. He was also absent from his regular Monday Cuse.com video show with SU head coach Scott Shafer. He is also an adjunct professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the director of the Sportscaster U career development program for professional athletes.An email to SU Athletics seeking comment was met with a response directing The Daily Orange to IMG, stating that Park is an IMG employee.Park had a blood alcohol content level of .10, according to court records. The legal limit is .08. A $997 bond was set Saturday, according to court records. The case is listed as pending in Fairview/Austin Summary court on the court records website with a “begin date” of Nov. 18 and a time of 3:30 p.m. listed.His Saturday morning bond hearing was completed at 9:30, according to court records.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPark has also done play-by-play for the SU men’s basketball team as well as the football team since 2004. Park graduated from SU in 1997. Comments
The USC Gould School of Law hosted a reception to honor the president-elect of the California State Bar, Luis J. Rodriguez, Wednesday evening at Town and Gown.Rodriguez, who will be sworn in as the 89th president of the state bar on Oct. 12, is the first Latino, as well as the first public defender, to become president of the state bar.Gould faculty, California law professionals and law students attended the event. Many were excited for what Rodriguez’s election meant for the position.“He’s breaking down a lot of barriers that have been up for a long time,” said Olga Peña, a second-year law student and president of the Latino Law Student Association. “[It’s] a way to combat a lot of stereotypes because there’s still a feeling in the community that certain people become lawyers, and not all people become lawyers.”Robert K. Rasmussen, dean of the Gould School; Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles district attorney and USC alumna; Mike Feuer, the Los Angeles city attorney, and Rodriguez himself all spoke at the event.“Luis has done a lot and he’s forever committed to being the voice for those who have no voice,” Lacey said.Rodriguez attended Santa Clara University for both undergraduate studies and law school, but Rasmussen welcomed him to the Trojan Family at the end of the speeches by presenting him with an honorary gavel. The two also posed for a picture with matching “Fight On” signs.“Diversity is a foundational principal of our law school,” Rasmussen said. “We have always been committed to making sure that our law school looks like California and when someone like Luis succeeds, we all succeed.”Rodriguez also praised the Gould School for its ongoing commitment to diversity. More than 40 percent of the incoming law school class is a minority, according to Gould faculty.“Of the incoming law school class of 175 [students], 31 are Latino, which is unheard of in so many other institutions of higher learning. [Rasmussen’s] commitment to diversity is very valuable,” Rodriguez said. “I’m looking forward to working with USC.”Rodriguez already has experience working with students. As a past president of the Mexican American Law Association, Luis worked as a mentor to law students.“I was given him [as a mentor] because I want to work as a public defender, and he was also part of the public defender’s office of Los Angeles County,” said Evan Langinger, Rodriguez’s former mentee and a third-year law student at Gould. “This is a huge deal. He’s the first Latino elected to be head of the state bar, and I think more importantly, the first public defender to be president of the state bar.”Langinger works with Peña as part of USC’s Latino Law Student Association’s executive board. The group holds clinics to help people in the community, as well as volunteers at a teen court at Roosevelt High School.“We try to be here for the community and to do things for the community,” Peña said.The reception for Rodriguez was sponsored by several Los Angeles law firms. According to the law school, the sponsors raised close to $50,000, which will be donated in Rodriguez’s name to the Gould School’s immigration clinic. Students in the law school provide pro bono legal services to clients. The clinic has become a go-to place for transgender Mexican immigrants seeking asylum because of hate crimes committed against them in their home country.