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Gale Gand
Gale Gand

Gale Gand

Chicago, IL USA

"Get as many opportunities as you can…That will help that 'thing' find you. It's looking for you, but you have to be out there."

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Day In The Life

Pastry Chef / Food Network Host

I create beautiful and delicious desserts and food and share them through my restaurants, cookbooks, and TV shows.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Jewelry Arts

    Rochester Institute of Technology

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    When she was in high school, she got into jewelry making; took every class possible, exhausted the school's metal-working classes.

  • 2.

    Found more classes outside of school, negotiated getting extra credit for them; says that's the start of her being a "self-managed person."

  • 3.

    Eventually went to art school to keep pursuing jewelry-making; began to hate it, but loved her after-school waitressing job.

  • 4.

    One day, one of the chefs didn't show up, they threw Gale an apron and said, "You can cook; get in the kitchen."

  • 5.

    She was panicked, but once she stepped into the kitchen, "it was like speaking a language you didn't know you a calling."

  • 6.

    She quit art school, moved to France for a year; would go into restaurants and ask if she could watch from a corner, would help out with grunt work.

  • 7.

    Friend asked if she could fill a pastry chef position, she didn't know pastry but said yes; says always say yes, even if you don't know how to do something.