Gale Gand got an early start as a baker: by age six she caught the eye of a Life magazine photographer who was impressed by her beautiful mud pies. Forty years later, Gale is now one of the best pastry chefs in America. She’s always had an artistic flare: she studied jewellery design in college, but soon realized she could combine that with her love of cooking, and voila: she’s been creating culinary works of art ever since. She is executive pastry chef at the world-renowned Tru Restaurant in Chicago, has authored several cookbooks and hosted her own tv series Sweet Dreams since 2000. Her desserts have been called poetic and luscious and she’s been credited with “elevating quintessential childhood flavours to a high-wire act”. All this, and Gale has also managed to raise three children herself.