Gale Gand

Gale Gand will share her cooking secrets during a demonstration at Wooster on Feb. 7 in Lowry Center. (Photo by Stephen Hamilton)


Nationally Acclaimed Pastry Chef to Visit the College Next Saturday

Gale Gand, former host of the Food Network’s “Sweet Dreams,” to prepare dishes, sign books on Feb. 7

29 January, 2015 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Nationally acclaimed pastry chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and former host of the Food Network's "Sweet Dreams" Gale Gand will drop by The College of Wooster for a cooking demonstration and book signing on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 1 p.m. in the main lobby of Lowry Center (1189 Beall Ave.). The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited, so guests are encouraged to arrive early.

The author of eight books, including Just a Bite (2001); Short and Sweet (2004); and Chocolate and Vanilla (2006), Gand also is the creator of Gale's Root Beer. She was named Outstanding Pastry Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation (the highest honor for food and beverage professionals in North America) and was inducted to the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame. She is the mother of three children, including son Giorgio (Tramonto), who is a first-year student at Wooster.

In addition to hosting "Sweet Dreams" for eight years, Gand 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."

Gand plans to prepare a hummus dish and mouse while mixing in anecdotes about her life as a chef. She will also provide some quick culinary instruction for Wooster President Grant Cornwell, who will assist her.

"We invite members of the community to meet this wonderful chef," said Marjorie Shamp, assistant director of campus dining and conference services at Wooster. "It will also be an opportunity to sample some of her delightful and delicious creations."

Gand's latest restaurant project, Spritz Burger, is a collaboration with The Hearty Boys, (Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh) who won Food Network's reality competition "The Next Food Network Star," Season 1. The menu features vintage seltzer cocktails, house-made sodas, grass-fed burgers, and desserts by Gale.

Gand is also the founding pastry chef and partner of the beloved Chicago restaurant Tru, which she opened with long-time culinary partner Chef Rick Tramonto and restaurateur Rich Melman in 1999. 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 in Leicestershire, England.

Two of Gand's desserts were featured at the USA House during the Beijing Olympics, and she was a mentor in First Lady Michelle Obama's "Chefs Move to Schools" initiative, which helps fight childhood obesity through nutritional education.

Additional information about Gand's cooking demontration in Wooster is available by phone (330-263-2106) or e-mail.