Gale Gand is partner and founding executive pastry chef of Tru, the one star Michelin, four-star Mobil, five-diamond AAA, Relais & Chateaux Relais-Gourmand restaurant in Chicago with restaurateur Rich Melman. She was recognized in 2001 as Outstanding Pastry Chef of the Year by The James Beard Foundation and Bon Appetite magazine and in 1994 as one of Food & Wine’s Top Ten Best New Chefs. Gand has a BFA from RIT and attended culinary school at La Varenne in Paris and is an accomplished cookbook author with seven titles to her credit, including her most recent “Gale Gand’s Brunch”, released in 2009 plus she is currently finishing her eighth, “Gale Gand’s Lunch”.
Chef Gand was the host of the long running Food Network’s “Sweet Dreams,” the first ever all-dessert show for Food Network, currently airing on The Cooking Channel. She has appeared on “Martha Stewart”, “Oprah”, “Iron Chef America”, “The Dr Oz Show”, Baking With Julia (Child), Nickelodeon, judged the 2008 season of Bravo’s hit series “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Just Desserts”, “Food Network Challenge” and “Last Cake Standing”. She has her own root beer company, Gale’s Root Beer producing a cinnamon-ginger-vanilla flavored root beer. In the summer of 2008 two of Gand’s desserts were featured at the USA House at the Beijing Olympics and was chosen by Mayor Daley to create the dessert for the President of China’s Welcome dinner on his 2011 visit to Chicago.
A supporter of sustainable agriculture, eating locally and the environmental movement, Gand teaches cooking classes for adults and children at Elawa Farm in Lake Forest Il., a 100 year old historic organic farm. She forages annually for local ramps, and mushrooms with her son, Gio, for her restaurants. Gale is involved in many national causes and was a part of first lady, Michelle Obama’s Chef’s Move To School initiative to help fight childhood obesity. She is also involved in many community causes, including raising funding for her local West Deerfield Township Food Pantry. She frequently leads cooking classes and demonstrations, does public speaking, and she teaches pastry and baking at her daughters’ middle school and son’s high school. Gale is also a long time member of the James Beard Foundation and Les Dames D’Escoffier.
Gale is married to an environmentalist, Jimmy Seidita, has a 16 year-old son Gio and 8 year old twins, Ella and Ruby.
Gand is featured on the back of Wholesome! Fair Trade Organic Light Brown Sugar bag. For more information on Gand, visit www.galegand.com and www.trurestaurant.com.