Gale Gand

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Gale Gand
Born (1956-11-21) November 21, 1956 (age 61)
Evanston, Illinois
Education B.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology awarded 1981, La Varenne summers of 1982 and 1983
Culinary career
Cooking style Contemporary American cuisine

Gale Gand is a Chicago-based pastry chef, cookbook author, television personality, and winner of the 2001 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef. Gand was the host of the Food Network show Sweet Dreams.[1] She was the Chef-in-Residence at Elawa Farm, in Lake Forest, Illinois. Gand is a partner and was the founding Executive Pastry Chef at Tru,[2] a contemporary fine-dining restaurant affiliated with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. Gand and her partners at Tru won the 2007 James Beard Foundation Award for Service. She has blogged for the Huffington Post,[3] was a contestant on Iron Chef America in the 2006-2007 season,[4] and was a judge on Bravo's Top Chef in 2008 for the episode Wedding Wars.[5] Gand was also featured on the Great Chefs television program.[6]


A native of Deerfield, Illinois, Gand began her restaurant career in 1976 working as a line cook and waitress in Cleveland, Ohio, and then as a pastry chef in Rochester, New York. She later did pastry in New York City at The Gotham Bar and Grill and in England at Stapleford Park.[7]

In 1993, Gand opened Trio with culinary partner and ex-husband Rick Tramonto and Henry Adaniya in Evanston, Illinois and was named among Food and Wine Magazine's Top Ten Best New Chefs in 1994.[8] In 1999, she opened Tru with Tramonto and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises's Rich Melman.

In 1996, Gand was chosen by Julia Child to appear on two episodes of the PBS show Baking with Julia.[9]

Gand was the host of the Food Network show "Sweet Dreams" that ran on the network from 2000-2008.[10] She got the show without a try out when calling the network to confirm a date to be on Sarah Moulton's show where she was a frequent guest chef.[11]

In 2014, she partnered with Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith (The Hearty Boys) to open SpritzBurger, a 2-year "pop-up" in Chicago.[12]

Also in 2014, Gand was inducted into the Chicago Chef's Hall of Fame.

Books by Gale Gand[edit]

  • Tramonto, Rick, and Gale Gand. 1997. American Brasserie. New York: Wiley.
  • Gand, Gale, Rick Tramonto, and Julia Moskin. 1999. Butter Sugar Flour Eggs: Whimsical Irresistible Desserts. New York: Clarkson Potter.
  • Gand, Gale and Julia Moskin. 2001. Gale Gand's Just a Bite: 125 Luscious Little Desserts. New York: Clarkson Potter.
  • Gand, Gale and Julia Moskin. 2004. Gale Gand's Short and Sweet: Quick Desserts with Eight Ingredients or Less. New York: Clarkson Potter.
  • Tramonto, Rick, Gale Gand, and Mary Goodbody. 2004. Tru: A Cookbook from the Legendary Chicago Restaurant. New York: Random House.
  • Gand, Gale and Lisa Weiss. 2006. Chocolate and Vanilla. New York: Clarkson Potter.
  • Gand, Gale, with Christie Matheson. 2009. Gale Gand's Brunch!: 100 Fantastic Recipes for the Weekend's Best Meal. New York: Clarkson Potter.
  • Gand, Gale, with Christie Matheson. 2014. Gale Gand's Lunch!. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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