Tara Lane is an award-winning pastry chef and a culinary innovation consultant. She apprenticed at New York’s François Payard before garnering national acclaim as the executive pastry chef at the restaurants Blackbird and Avec in Chicago. She earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a master’s degree in design methods from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and trained at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland. She also worked as a food preservationist at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, where she focused on food advocacy and policy issues. She lives outside of Austin, TX.