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10 Game Changing Female Chefs

Jacky Hayward | Chef's Blade

Elizabeth Falkner


Elizabeth Falkner graduated from art school in 1989 but changed gears when she took a job as a chef at Café Claude in 1990. This lead her to pastry arts from there to opening her first restaurant, Citizen Cake, in San Francisco in 1997. She still owns and is the executive pastry chef at Citizen Cake while also being the executive chef and co-owner of Orson.

Known for her platinum, spiky hair and her inventive desserts, Falkner is working to break down the boundaries between savory cuisine and pastry. Throughout her career she has remained a mentor and example to many women chefs, both by example – having opened two very successful restaurants – and by involvement in Les Dames d’Escoffier and Women Chefs and Restaurants.



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