Executive pastry chef and partner
TRU (Chicago, IL)
Gale Gand, executive pastry chef and partner of the Five Diamond, four star restaurant TRU in Chicago, was named pastry chef of the year by The James Beard Foundation and Bon Appetit magazine in 2001. Host of the Food Network’s “Sweet Dreams,” Gand has appeared on “Iron Chef America”, “Martha Stewart”, Baking With Julia (Child)”, and judged Bravo’s “Top Chef.” 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.
A supporter of sustainable agriculture, eating locally and the environmental movement, Gand is a member of the National Restaurant Association's Conserve Initiative Action Council. She is involved in many community causes, including Chicago’s Green City Market, Art Smith’s foundation, Common Threads, which teaches children racial and cultural diversity through the culinary arts. Gale is also an executive board member of the Chicago chapter of the AIWF and a long time member of the James Beard Foundation and Les Dames D’Escoffier.
Gale is married to an environmentalist, Jimmy Seidita, has 3 children - Gio, Ella and Ruby.