Gale Gand

Gale Gand is a nationally acclaimed pastry chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, teacher, and television personality. She has received two James Beard Awards and was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs and the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame. She co-founded and partnered in the renowned Chicago restaurant Tru, which has received two stars from the Michelin Guide.

For eight years, Gand was the host of Sweet Dreams, Food Network’s first program devoted to desserts, and continues to appear regularly on television, including Top ChefIron ChefThe Oprah Winfrey ShowThe Martha Stewart Show, the Rachael Ray Show, and many others. Her first national television appearance was with Julia Child in the 1995 PBS series Baking With Julia. She is also the author of eight cookbooks, including her latest, Gale Gand’s Lunch!

Gand teaches cooking and baking at culinary schools across the country, as well as online at Craftsy.com (with her meringue class winning an IACP award) and can often be seen cooking and giving demonstrations at food and wine festivals, on cruises, and at charity events around the world. She also is a partner at Think Jerky. Her artisanal soda pop, Gale’s Root Beer, has been sold nationally for more than 20 years.

Gand began her career as a folk musician at age 6, performing with her family’s band, the Gand Family Singers, throughout the United States and Canada, including at Expo 67, the Arkansas Folk Festival, the North Carolina Fiddlers Convention, and Disneyland to name a few. She then became a silversmith, with a BFA in metalsmithing from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and later attended La Varenne cooking school in Paris.  A wife and mother of three (27-year-old Gio and twin 19-year-olds, Ella and Ruby), in her spare time, Gand paints, gardens, and plays the ukulele.