Letty Martinez and Ryan Young opened a bakery, specializing in custom cakes for weddings, quinceaneras, birthdays, family and corporate celebrations.
Letty, a cake decorator, and Ryan, a pastry chef, worked together at The Woodlands Resort and Convention Center Bakery under the direction of the talented Executive Pastry Chef Kevin Pysell. In June 2010 they opened a small bakery named Yummy Tummy Pastries in Humble TX.
Founder Ryan Young and Current Owner Letty Martinez and Bakery Staff Members 2010
After several years of providing services to our loyal clientele, we expanded and remodeled that little shop into our current gorgeous bakery. We have also expanded our staff to accommodate the growing needs of our clients. We still LOVE our home here in Humble Texas.
Owner Letty Martinez with Yummy Tummy staff December 2016
Meet the Team:
Letty Martinez-Monjo, Curent Owner/ Pastry Chef
Letty is first the proud mother of four wonderful children, Carlos JR, Jorge, Candy, and last but not the shortest Rolando. Letty started here work career at The Woodlands Resort and Convention Center in the Woodlands, TX. Letty was first placed in a position in the employee cafeteria by then Executive Chef John Brazie. After reports of upscale dinning in the cafeteria being heard in the back halls of the resort her talent for style and food design was recognized and she was quickly promoted to bakers assist.
There in the bakery she began her love for the world of pastry and cakes, so much she had accepted an additional position as lead decorator for the Kroger Company in a local bakery. She being a business woman having owned several business before, her masterful work with cakes she was natural and with her great customer service and felt at home in the bakery meeting and greeting customers and listening to there needs, she would often go beyond the “templates” at Kroger and whip-up something custom and wow her unsuspecting customers. That was again noticed by management and a vendor who offered a larger regional position with there company Deco-Pac a bakery training and supply company. Letty declined the position and decided to remain here in Houston.
After leaving the Resort and the Kroger Company she started a small in-house bakery for a family restaurant chain producing the desserts for multiple locations after getting it up and running on its own two feet, Letty felt it was time for her to branch out on her own. With the love and encouragement from family and friends, Letty started Yummy Tummy Pastries in June of 2010 in Humble, TX.
Ryan Young, Founder (2010-2016)
Ryan began cooking and baking at nine years of age with the Boy Scouts and summer cooking classes. Before graduating from high school he prepared foods with very different menus and populations. One summer he did daily food preparation for 60 women and children in a shelter. The next summer he knocked on the kitchen door of Certified Master Chef Friedrich Gitschner of the Houston Country Club. Both locations were fast paced productions of quality foods. He then knew that culinary arts would be his calling.
The day after graduating from high school in 2000 in Bloomington, Minnesota Ryan enrolled at the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Program. During an interview for entrance to the Culinary Arts Program Ryan was asked if anyone in the family was in the culinary field. Having someone in the business is an indicator of success in the program. While Ryan was not yet born his grandfather had a bakery for a brief time. He and his brother were the first to deliver pizza in their small town. Who knew just knowing of his grandfather’s experience wold launch a career?
Ryan’s first job in Houston was in the owner’s suite for the NFL Team. He was responsible for setting up and manning the grand buffet. While many celebrities and cheerleaders came and went one photo was captured of Ryan whipping up an omelet for George Bush, Sr. A chef from a former job invited Ryan to work for two years in the Virgin Islands at the Westin Resort and Villas, St. John. One of the features at the Beach Cafe was the Banana Foster Bar. Banana Foster is a dessert made from bananas and vanilla ice cream, with sauce made from butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum, and banana liqueur. The sauce is cooked and then the alcohol is added and ignited. The preparation of the dish is made into a table side performance as a flambe.
For a year Ryan worked for a European temporary chef agency. He was one of the eight chefs at the Bahrain Grand Prix at the Formula One race. The Kingdom of Bahrain is a small island country in the Persian Gulf ruled by a royal family. Tents were set up in the desert to cook for the King and his 200 family members. After a days preparation the crew was told that the King had decided to eat in London. The crew ate a King’s feast that night. On a return visit for three weeks they had a few days off to tour the area.
After 7 great years at Yummy Tummy, Ryan in January of 2017 moved back home to Minnesota to move closer to his family.