Kyla Kennaley

Born in Toronto, Kyla moved to rural Ontario at a young age and grew up surrounded by small farms in a lakeside oasis where fresh and local produce was readily available. She won her first pie baking contest at the age of 6 and had been baking ever since.

She completed her formal culinary training at Algonquin College in Ottawa and added a bachelor’s degree from the University of Ottawa to complement her Culinary Management Diploma.

In 2004 Kyla opened a pastry shop and café, Madeleines Cherry Pie and Ice Cream, in Toronto. Madeleines’ was the perfect platform to share her passion for tradition, using only local and sustainable ingredients, and to share her memories of growing up with home baking and real food.

Drawing on her experience working in cafes and restaurants and bringing in apprentices from around the world, in 2012 she expanded her operation and opened a bespoke wholesale production kitchen catering to fine food retailers, grocers, cafes and restaurants. Her acumen as a business leader is entrenched in her passion for pastry as a craft. 

Kyla is also a resident guest teacher at George Brown College School of Continuing Education and has enabled others to follow their dreams.

Over the years she has attracted the attention of local and national media with an abundance of press. Most memorable was her recurring spot as the in-house pastry expert on CBC's Steven and Chris where she shared seasonal recipes, and tips and tricks for home baking.

Kyla recently relocated to London, England, where she is researching the local farm ingredients to continue to study the chemistry of baking. She will also be visiting bake shops throughout the EUEA to find and preserve the origins of Canadian-European recipes and baking methods, while seeking out innovations and trends in the baking industry.

Kyla Kennaley

Role

Judge | The Great Canadian Baking Show

Kyla Kennaley

Role

Judge | The Great Canadian Baking Show