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Images: Behind the Scenes at Central Continental Bakery in Mount Prospect

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  • Cake Decorator Chris Kowalczyk sorts through various parts to be assembled into gingerbread houses at Central Continental Bakery.

       Cake Decorator Chris Kowalczyk sorts through various parts to be assembled into gingerbread houses at Central Continental Bakery.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Kowalczyk puts the finishing touches on one of 200 gingerbread houses.

       Kowalczyk puts the finishing touches on one of 200 gingerbread houses.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Cake designer Joanna Ontiveros wields a Christmas sheet cake destined for an office party, while working in the cake room of Central Continental Bakery.

       Cake designer Joanna Ontiveros wields a Christmas sheet cake destined for an office party, while working in the cake room of Central Continental Bakery.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Decorator Chris Kowalczyk busily assembles an order for 200 gingerbread houses for a client.

       Decorator Chris Kowalczyk busily assembles an order for 200 gingerbread houses for a client.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Afternoon manager Katie Czerniak, a third-generation Czerniak family member, stocks the display case with Christmas cookies.

       Afternoon manager Katie Czerniak, a third-generation Czerniak family member, stocks the display case with Christmas cookies.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Cake designer Joanna Ontiveros, left, uses a stool to do lettering on a cake with a winter scene in the cake room of Central Continental Bakery.

       Cake designer Joanna Ontiveros, left, uses a stool to do lettering on a cake with a winter scene in the cake room of Central Continental Bakery.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Sporting a tattoo that reads "Cakes" on her right arm, Kendall College graduate Tammy Montesinos works on some fondant figures for her next cake creation.

       Sporting a tattoo that reads "Cakes" on her right arm, Kendall College graduate Tammy Montesinos works on some fondant figures for her next cake creation.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Connie Trakas, general manager of production and 28-year veteran at the bakery, pulls out a rack of Christmas sugar cookies ready to be packed and displayed in the store.

       Connie Trakas, general manager of production and 28-year veteran at the bakery, pulls out a rack of Christmas sugar cookies ready to be packed and displayed in the store.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Chris Kowalczyk gathers parts for a large order of gingerbread houses.

       Chris Kowalczyk gathers parts for a large order of gingerbread houses.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Joanna Ontiveros uses an air brush to create a winter scene on a cake.

       Joanna Ontiveros uses an air brush to create a winter scene on a cake.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 

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