Gale Gand, Consulting Pastry Chef
Chicago’s Gale Gand, recognized in 1994 as one of Food & Wine’s Top Ten Best New Chefs and pastry chef of the year by both The James Beard Foundation and Bon Appétit magazine in 2001, has consistently received stellar reviews for her desserts.
The makings of a world class pasty chef wasn’t always obvious. A serendipitous series of events, starting with a summer job just out of high school landed her on an offshore rig, and resulted in an injury that forced her to slow down. Fortunately, that injury was minor, and resulted in a significant compensation – Gand is always grateful to her secret Louisiana maritime lawyer – whose great work permitted her to focus on and develop her pastry skills. Her lawyer story is one you’ll hear if you hang out with her long enough – one of the few instances where you’ll hear good things about an attorney.
Pat Bruno, restaurant critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, has declared Gand, “one of the best pastry chefs in the United States.” Esquire’s John Mariani proclaimed effusively, “…every dessert I tried was poetic. They should be: They are made by the city’s best pastry chef, Gale Gand.” Gand has her own Root Beer company and is also an accomplished cookbook author with five titles to her credit, including “Gale Gand’s Just a Bite” and “Gale Gand’s Short + Sweet”, as well as “American Brasserie”,”Butter Sugar Flour Eggs” and most recently “Tru: A Cookbook from the Legendary Chicago Restaurant” with culinary partner Rick Tramonto.
Host of the Food Network’s “Sweet Dreams,” Gand has extensive television and broadcasting experience, including behind-the-scenes work and appearances on “Oprah”, as well as appearing on the PBS program, “Baking with Julia” in 1996. Gand’s hotel restaurant history, with Tramonto, include cooking at the Strathallen Hotel in Rochester (where they met) under the tutelage of Chef Greg Broman. After a move to Chicago, they were asked by the legendary Bob Payton to transform the kitchen and cuisine at his award-winning country-house hotel, Stapleford Park, outside London. They received the coveted Michelin Guide’s Red “M” after only a year at Stapleford, a feat not accomplished by an American in five years. When they returned to Chicago in 1993 after this three-year experience abroad they worked at Chicago’s famed Pump Room and also at Hotel 21.
With all the experience needed to complete her set of skills she chose a location which would allow her the chance to show off her talents. You will find that you are the winner in this situation. You will be treated to some of the finest creations ever made. They will keep you coming back over & over to continue enjoying the edible joy that is available only here.