Writer, Former Pastry Chef at Babbo, New York City, NY
Culinary Arts, 1994
Gina DePalma graduated from ICE’s culinary program but switched her allegiance to sweets after a stint in Chanterelle’s pastry kitchen. She then spent two years at Gramercy Tavern, followed by the Cub Room. In 1998, Mario Batali recruited DePalma to head the pastry kitchen at Babbo. DePalma’s simple desserts not only showcase her creativity and love of regional ingredients, but have made her one of this country’s most acclaimed pastry chefs. She won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef in 2009, after having been nominated seven times. Pastry Arts & Design named her one of the country’s Top Ten Pastry Chefs in 2005 and 2009 and Bon Appétit named her Top Pastry Chef in 2008. She has contributed to The Babbo Cookbook, and is frequently featured on the Food Network and in national publications. In 2007, she published Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen.
In 2013 DePalma left Babbo and divided her time between New York City and Italy, "to explore everything sweet and delicious about the bel paese" for her next book. She also shared her creations on her blog. In December 2015, Gina, unfortunately, passed away after a long battle with ovarian cancer.
Read More About Gina DePalma
Interview with Pastry Chef Gina DePalma [Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine]