MEET Gale Gand
We’re thrilled to be working with CHef Gale Gand in Chicago!
Chef Gale Gand agreed to work with EuroCAST in Chicago to help us feed the hungry passersby and talk with us about great cooking and the features of cookware that chefs look for.
She fell in love with how EuroCAST does crepes. (Check out our Facebook page for live video from the event!)
About Chef Gale Gand
Chef Gale Gand is a nationally acclaimed pastry chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, television personality, teacher, entrepreneur, and mother. Chef Gand has been recognized as Outstanding Pastry Chef of the Year by The James Beard Foundation and by Bon Appetite magazine, as well as receiving a Beard award for best service for Tru. She has been inducted into the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame and was a 2017 recipient of the Women Driving Excellence award.
For 8 years, Gale hosted the Food Network series “Sweet Dreams,” the first nationally televised all-dessert show anywhere. Gale has made appearances on “The Martha Stewart Show,” “Oprah,” “The Dr. Oz Show,” “Baking With Julia” (Child), ”Good Morning America,” “The Rachael Ray Show” and “The Today Show.” She competed on “Iron Chef America” and has been featured as a celebrity judge on “Food Network Challenge,” “Last Cake Standing,” "Top Chef" and “Top Chef Just Desserts.”
Gale is the founding pastry chef and partner of the beloved Chicago restaurant Tru, opened with long-time culinary partner Chef Rick Tramonto and restaurateur Rich Melman in 1999. Tru quickly became a sensation among Chicago’s fine dining community and has earned ecstatic praise from reviewers, receiving accolades from the James Beard Foundation; the Michelin (2 stars), Mobil and AAA guides; Relais Gourmand; Wine Spectator magazine; and was named Chicago’s Best Restaurant by Chicago Magazine. Prior to opening Tru, Gand and Tramonto earned increasing acclaim at their Chicago area restaurants Trio and Brasserie T, and at Stapleford Park, an historic country house hotel near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, England, where in 1991 Tramonto and Gand became the first American chefs to earn a Michelin Red M. She also did a 2 year pop-up in 2014 called Spritzburger in Chicago with The Hearty Boys, also of Food Network fame.
Gale is a prolific cookbook author with eight titles to her credit, including her most recent “Gale Gand’s Lunch!,” released in April 2014. Earlier titles (written with Rick Tramonto) include: American Brasserie (1997); Butter Sugar Flour Eggs (1999); and Tru: A Cookbook from the Legendary Chicago Restaurant (2004). On her own Gand authored Just a Bite (2001); Short and Sweet (2004); Chocolate and Vanilla (2006) and Gale Gand’s Brunch (2009), in it’s fifth printing.
Gale also produces her own artisan root beer, “Gale’s Root Beer,” which is available nationally. And each year in the spring months, Gale and her son Gio supply local restaurants with wild ramps foraged from wooded areas near their suburban Chicago home.
Gale was the Chef in Residence in 2011 and 2012 at Elawa Farm in Lake Forest, Illinois, a beautifully preserved and restored early 20th century “gentleman’s farm” that is now home to an organic community garden, an ecological learning center, and a meeting space for community activities and private events. Gale hosts a series of events and cooking classes in the Elawa farm kitchen.
In addition, Chef Gand frequently teaches cooking classes at such places as Eataly Chicago, Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, King Arthur Flour in Vermont and Zingerman’s in Michigan, to name a few. Gale has 2 classes on Craftsy.com available, one on Meringues which won an IACP award in 2016, and one on Custards. She also does public speaking, cooking demonstrations and book signings at places like the Chicago Botanic Gardens, local elementary and high schools, public libraries, temples and churches, book shops, farmers markets, and myriad other locations around the Chicago area. Gale also appears frequently at national and international Food and Wine festivals such as The Epcot Food and Wine festival at Disney World, Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, The Aspen Food and Wine Classic, The World Gourmet Festival in Bangkok, The San Diego Food and Wine Festival, Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival, etc. In the summer of 2013 Gale was the guest chef for 2 weeks on A-Rosa’s Rhone River Cruise through the south of France. Summer of 2016 she sailed to Tahiti to take a group to a vanilla plantation. She also does Food Innovation with The Hyde Park Group in Chicago for large and small food companies and works with Think Jerky developing their recipes.
In the summer of 2008, two of Gale’s desserts were featured at the USA House at the Beijing Olympics. In 2011 Chef Gand was chosen by Mayor Daley to create the desserts for Chicago’s welcome dinner for China’s President Hu in 2011. Gale participates in many national and local charities. In 2010 and 2011, she was a mentor in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to Schools initiative, which helps fight childhood obesity through nutritional education. She often teaches at The Floured Apron, a program helping women at risk reenter the work force through jobs in pastry.
Gale holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, majoring in silver and gold smithing, and attended culinary school at La Varenne in Paris. Gale’s late father Bob and brother Gary are both professional musicians, and Gale performed frequently with them as a child in the Gand Family Singers including at Disney Land, University of Chicago Folk Festival, Ozark Folklore Center, Expo 67 in Montreal, and the 1973 World’s Fair in Spokane Washington. Her mandolin teacher was Jethro Burns of Homer and Jethro fame. She resides in Riverwoods, Illinois with her husband, Jimmy Seidita, son Gio (21), twin daughters Ella and Ruby (12) and still plays the ukulele.
For the latest information about Chef Gale Gand, visit www.galegand.com