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Gale Gand

Gale Gand

Award-Winning Pastry Chef

Award-winning pastry chef Gale Gand takes the cake with her joie de vivre and ability to cherry pick culinary challenges that engage her creative entrepreneurship. The author of eight cookbooks, Gand and her then-husband teamed up with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Rich Melman in 1999 to debut the four-star, five-diamond restaurant, Tru, which remains one of the country’s culinary gems. Former host of the Food Network’s “Sweet Dreams,” Gand was hailed as “one of the best pastry chefs in the world” by the late Chicago Sun-Times restaurant critic Pat Bruno.

“I never take no for an answer … but I don’t take advantage of the gift that is my good fortune.”