Executive Chocolatier Joshua Neubauer is a California native who has been in the baking and pastry industry for 17 years. He began his culinary career as a cake decorator in a large grocery store chain in Southern California. For the next eight years, Chef Josh became one of the premier cake decorators of the chain. He was called upon for demonstrations at special events and decorating wedding cakes all over Southern California.
Chef Josh decided to further his career by attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. During his seven month internship at Harrah’s Rincon Resort Casino in Valley Center CA, he found a new interest in chocolates and confections. He received his Bachelor of Professional Studies in Baking and Pastry Management with High Honors in 2011.
During his time as Executive Chocolatier of the Chocolate Gallery, Chef Josh has been an active member of Brazos Valley Chapter of the Texas Chefs Association and American Culinary Federation. He received the Brazos Valley Chapter of the Texas Chefs Association Pastry Chef of the Year award in 2016 and 2017. Under his leadership the Chocolate Gallery has received the Best of The Brazos award for best chocolates 2014-2017.
Chef Joshua is a member of Central Baptist Church. He enjoys kayak fishing and vegetable gardening when he is not busy in the bakeshop.
Pastry Chef Ciana Neubauer was born in California – but got to Texas as quickly as she could at the young age of 3 and considers herself a definite Texan at heart. Chef Ciana was raised by her wonderful mother in a single parent home and credits her love of baking as a direct result of helping her mother with this “chore”.
Chef Ciana graduated from A&M Consolidated H.S. and attended Texas A&M University and majored in Business Managment. In 2008 she transferred to The Culinary Institute of America. She had the opportunity to do an 18 week internship at the Horseshoe Bay Hotel and Resort. and received her Bachelor Professional Studies in Baking and Pastry Management with Honors in 2011. While attending the CIA she was an active member and president of the schools chapter of the Eta Sigma Delta International Hospitality Management Society .
While attending the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Ciana met Chef Joshua and the rest is history – they were married on September 8, 2012!
Along with her husband, Chef Josh, Chef Ciana has been frequently asked to speak at Texas A&M University regarding aspects of operating a small business. They have also participated in multiple chef demos around the community.
Chef Ciana has been a member and enjoyed the fellowship of her church family at Central Baptist Church for the past 20 years.