Sean Pera of Herons - Biography
Sean Pera pursued his pastry education at the highest levels, claiming pastry guru Francisco Migoya and Master Baker Hans Welker as his two most influential mentors. During his time at the Culinary Institute of America, Pera threw himself into the competition circuit with the school’s American Culinary Federation team, winning the New York State Culinary Team Championship, the Northeast Region Culinary Team Championship, and third place at the National Culinary Team Championship. Individually, he has taken first place for “Best Bakery Display” at the 2010 Salon of Culinary Arts and first place at Cacao Barry’s L’Art du Chocolatier as a student in 2010 and as a professional in 2013. Currently he works at Herons at the Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary, North Carolina.