May 7, 2015
By: Sofia Sokolove
Austin's food scene isn't just heating up — it's getting sweeter, too. As more and more Austin restaurants push culinary boundaries and draw national attention with their impressive menus, Austin's pastry chefs are getting a chance to show their chops and treat us to some seriously delicious treats.
Read on for an introduction to each of the six Austin pastry chefs nominated for Pastry Chef of the Year at the CultureMap's 2015 Tastemaker Awards, May 12 at Brazos Hall.
Callie Speer, Swifts Attic
Callie Speer found her passion early on: A kitchen job at Cipolina in Austin led to a job at Jeffrey’s, and before long, Speer had become a well-known name in the Austin pastry scene. After spending time at Mars and Parkside, Speer is in charge of the lovely and fun desserts at downtown Swift’s Attic, where the ever-changing menu features artful final courses from Speer like “funfetti.”
Nominated as a Food & Wine's People's Choice Best New Pastry Chef in 2013, Speer also heads up pastry at Delish Bakery, where in addition to creating delicious desserts, she works on collaborations with other creative folks. Last month, she teamed up for a pop-up with acclaimed potter Keith Kreeger to create 25 limited edition Negroni tumbles and a Negroni-inspired dessert.