Paulette Goto

Pastry chef, food writer, and television personality

“I firmly believe that you should have a little treat every day. You never know when a Mack truck could take you out, and you shouldn’t be living on some sad diet shake.”

At the age of 8, I made my first loaf of bread from scratch and went on to make French toast with some of it. That was it — my love of baking was cemented into my life.

At 17, I learned how to make and decorate cakes, and I have never been able to get enough of it since. I packed up my beloved Kitchen Aid and moved from Utah to New York City, where I attended The French Culinary Institute, graduating at the top of my pastry arts class.

I love eating dessert just as much I love to create it. (I work out to eat, not necessarily to stay fit.) A very serious hobby of mine is to order every dessert on the menu; it’s the best way to get to know the pastry chef at any restaurant.

I’ve worked alongside the finest in the industry (Jacques Torres at Le Cirque and Jacques Torres Chocolates and Colette Peters of Colette’s Cakes) and had cakes published in Brides and New York magazines while always making my specialty, signature cakes on my own.

In my spare time, I prepare bespoke cakes for your special event, teach how-to cake-decorating classes, and host food tours in Nolita and Greenwich Village in New York.

You can find me on the Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets and as a judge on The Food Network’s Sugar Dome, King of Cones, Beat Bobby Flay, Bakers vs. Fakers, and Worst Cooks in America. I’ve also been featured on Netflix’s Somebody Feed Phil (Philip Rosenthal’s food travel series).