Kate Zuckerman -- pastry chef, savory chef, cooking instructor, recipe tester, cookbook author, avid commuter/cargo cyclist and mother of three kids – acquired the ice cream/blender bike from her cousin Paul, inventor, musician, bike enthusiast and founder of Rock the Bike.
After receiving her B.A. from Princeton in Cultural Anthropology in 1993, Kate began her career as a savory line cook in Boston and slowly integrated pastry and dessert making into her work after relocating to San Francisco. In 1996, Kate traveled abroad and finished a pastry internship in Paris. Back in New York City in 1997, Kate worked as a pastry chef at catering companies, Picholine and then beloved Chanterelle in its last 10 years.
While at Chanterelle, Bullfinch Press, a division of Hachette, published her debut cookbook, The Sweet Life: Desserts from Chanterelle, in Fall 2006. Featuring a full range of her flavor-focused recipes, The Sweet Life provides a deep understanding of the techniques of the pastry kitchen, while enriching the reader’s experience with detailed notes on the science of desserts, histories of Kate’s most beloved ingredients, and tips on how to use the five senses to produce the most delectable desserts.
As a chef, Kate is guided by an overriding belief in the centrality of simple, pure, complementary flavors. Her creations – featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients, cleanly executed design, and textural contrasts – have made her one of the most acclaimed pastry chefs of her generation.
Since leaving Chanterelle in 2009, Kate has freelanced as a chef, teaching and cooking for small events. She has taken classes in soil science, plant biology, and plant identification. After years of working in the food industry, handling vegetables and fruits from all over the world, watching and participating in how they are processed, cooked, presented, stored, wasted and perceived, Kate is now focused on education and awareness about our precious food supply.