IT ALL STARTED WITH A BOOK

HOW WE GOT

OUR NAME

In his never-ending search for baking inspiration, Steve Lewis, the bakery creator, purchased what he thought was an antique cookbook published in 1898. To his surprise, the margins were filled with faded notes and doodles from what appeared to be a young boy who had dreams of becoming a baker. The name written at the back of the book was “Gideon,” and Steve decided to fulfill that child’s wishes with the name Gideon’s Bakehouse™. Paying tribute to the origins of the name, Gideon’s shelves are lined with strange works of art, aging books, and curious antiquities from the Victorian era.

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WHO WE ARE

GIDEON'S TODAY

In October 2016, Gideon’s opened up its first physical shop at the beautiful East End Market, Central Florida’s original food hall, with one employee (miss you Megan) and an $800 budget. Within weeks of opening, that little 286 square foot bakery was being called Best Cookies in Orlando, Florida, the United States, and the Planet Earth from publications ranging from New York Times to The Boston Globe, Sports Illustrated, Delish.com and countless more. We’ve been featured several times on Insider Magazine, People Magazine, and even made it all the way over to Food Network Brazil!

It's all been an overwhelming rush of growing pains for a little local business with a single owner, no investors, and tiny staff but, encouraged by our community, we strived to meet demand better and begin to grow. In June of 2020, Gideon's announced its first Flagship location in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort. With one giant leap, all the doors are open for the future.

 

The Mission Statement

Gideon's Bakehouse began in a home kitchen with one goal: to create an extraordinary Chocolate Chip Cookie. Fifteen years and thousands of tests later, the work was complete. Our Cookie isn't a product. It is a history, the sweet and the salty, the thrill of a first kiss, and the solitude of a heartbreak. Our desserts are emotional, personal, and we want to share our journey with you. We stay true to the original process, cutting no corners, putting every handmade detail into the 20 hours required to prepare a single almost half pound Cookie or a tall slice of Cake. We offer up our best expressions to you with a full-hearted invitation to learn more about one another. It is an opportunity to create an experience to remember. That is our brand.

awards & recognition

Best Place in the World to get a Cookies - The Boston Globe

Best Chocolate Chip Cookie In Florida 2019 - Insider Magazine

Steve named one of the Top 10 Upscale Pastry Chefs in Florida - Visit Orlando

One of the 6 Best Cakes in Orlando - Visit Orlando

#1 on the 9 Best Things to do in Orlando - Elite Daily

Best Desserts in Orlando 2019 - Orlando Sentinel

Best Dessert in Florida Award - Delish.com

Best Cookies in Florida - The Daily Meal

Best Bakery Award - Orlando Magazine

10 Best Under $10 - USA Today

3 Business Ruling the Instagram Game - South Street & Co.

News Feature Listing Gideon’s as an example of “How Disney Changes the game by featuring Orlando Flavors” - USA Today

Appearance on House Hunters - HGTV

Top 10 Hottest Restaurants - ZAGAT

Best Dessert in Orlando Award - Orlando Sentinel

6.5 Million View Feature - Insider Magazine

Must Visit in Orlando - New York Times

Top 10 Best Cookies in the U.S. - Sports Illustrated

Best Cookie in Florida Award - Delish.com

Visit from pop sensation Charlie Puth before his Amway Arena Show

Best Desserts in Orlando Award - Orlando Sentinel

Best Cookie in Florida Award - Business Insider

19 Best Places to Eat in Orlando - Spoon University

Best Cookies Ever - Boston Globe

Best Bakery in Orlando - Orlando Business Journal

5 Must Eat Winter Park Desserts - Orlando Food Tours

Earth’s Best Cookies and One of the 5 Foods in the US you have to eat before you die - Travel Pulse / Trip Advisor

Best New Restaurants of 2017 - Orlando Weekly

Places to Eat in Orlando - Bon Appétit Magazine

5 Outrageous Sweets Around Town - Orlando Sentinel

Best Cake Award - lemonhearted.com & orlandoeats.net

Top 10 Essential Central Florida Experiences - Orlandodatenightguide.com

Feature in Allegiant Air SunSeeker Magazine

THE TEAM

STEVE LEWIS

The Sublime Prince of the Esoteric Order of Cookie

Steve is the owner and creator of Gideon’s Bakehouse. His story began in sadness at a young age when he realized his community was lacking a great chocolate chip cookie. As a result, he is the one that took 15 years to create the Gideon’s Cookie because A) it is a uniquely difficult recipe or B) he is a terrible baker. The truth likely lies between the two. He will tell you the secret ingredient in a Gideon’s Cookie is his tears. Outside of the kitchen, Steve is a vocal music major that enjoys photography, collecting books, and watching cartoons. He loves all animals and has two weird cats, Vincent the Poet, and Savant the White.

MICHAEL REYES

Branding Overlord

When we found Michael, he was locked away in a bell tower, surrounded by countless drawings of his horrible little creatures. Now, from that very tower, he keeps a watchful eye on the Gideon’s brand, nervously mulling over every detail of design. When he’s not worrying about the quality of work he has done, Michael enjoys stressing over the images he has yet to produce.

KELSEY BARRETT

Starship Captain of the USS East End Market Location

Kelsey joined the Gideon’s family after being rescued from a big corporate machine. In a recent interview with herself, she exclaimed: “I wanted to be part of something special, something I believed in, and that in turn believed in me!” She communicates best through movie quotes and memes and fancies herself an excellent dancer though a third party can’t verify this as she only dances at the very moment she leaves your field of vision.