About Us

Welcome to The Pantry KC!

We are a small bakery located in Lenexa, KS that is women owned and operated. We enjoy creating unique desserts and pastries as well as one-of-a-kind custom designer cakes. At The Pantry KC, we pride ourselves on collaborating with and supporting other local business.

Chef Deepal Patel and Joanna Young of The Pantry KC- a Women Owned bakery in Lenexa Kansas

Chef Deepal Patel

Dee graduated in 2015 from the New England Culinary Institute, one of the most world-renowned programs in the country, but that’s not where her interest in baking began. After completing her degree in genetics at Purdue she started baking as a hobby and quickly realized just how passionate she was about it. Dee has worked in some of the most distinguished pastry departments in the United State including The Omni at Mt. Washington in New Hampshire and The Little Nell in Aspen. Most recently Dee was the Sr. Pastry Chef at the Sheraton and Westin Crown Center Hotels here in Kansas City, where she met her business partner Joanna. Dee’s creative treats and beautiful designs got her noticed by the Food Network and she was invited to compete in the 2018 Spring Baking Championship. For the past three years, Dee has enjoyed sharing her food and recipes with Kansas City, frequently appearing on Fox 4 and KC Live. She has catered many large events including the annual Cerner Health Conference for over 12,000 attendees as well as the annual Women’s Foundation Luncheon and Jazzoo just to name a few. Growing up in Wales, she has truly lived all over the world and enjoys traveling as much as possible. “I’ve always wanted to open my own place,” Dee says. “I have enjoyed working in hotels and resorts on a big scale for banquets and events, but now, I’m baking on a smaller, artisanal scale where I can experiment and put my own unique twist on my pastries and desserts.”

Joanna Young

Joanna has 15 years of experience in hospitality, focused on Restaurants and Events. She attended Colorado State University where she majored in Restaurant and Resort Management with a minor in Business. Growing up in Colorado she started baking at a young age with her Grandmother, who taught her the family Russian Tea Cake recipe that she likes to use during the holiday season. Her love of food really developed when she moved to San Francisco after completing her degree. There she worked at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis managing several different departments and gaining valuable diverse knowledge as she moved up in the company. Living in the tech capitol of the country she was often part of the production for some of the most elaborate events for many of the biggest companies in the world including Facebook, Salesforce, and her favorite, Super Bowl 50. During her 10 years in San Francisco she spent her free time discovering new foods and exploring some of the greatest wineries and breweries our country has to offer. Family brought her to Kansas City in 2017 where she met Chef Patel at the Sheraton Crown Center. Joanna’s favorite part of owning her own business is helping make people’s events extra special. “We have brides that come in for their cake, but they also get valuable knowledge from my vast experience in event planning, and that’s what makes us different.” Joanna looks forward to spending more time mentoring young women in the Food & Beverage industry.