Rising Star Pastry Chef Giane Cavaliere of Rogue 24 - Biography

Washington, D.C.

November 2014

A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Giane Cavaliere grew up under the culinary tutelage of her mother and grandmother. Her mother’s terminal illness meant young Cavaliere and her sister assumed culinary responsibility within their family at a young age, taking on that mantle when their mother could no longer carry it. As a teen, Cavaliere pursued a career in ballet, until 1994, when she immigrated to the United States as a student of photography. Cavaliere imagined launching a career in the fashion and beauty industry, but soon fell in love with the art of darkroom photo development. All the while she continued to bake—for herself and for friends. When photography went digital, and she saw her beloved craft becoming obsolete, Cavaliere found yet another creative outlet: pastry. Cavaliere’s keen attention to detail and determination to become a pastry chef landed her at Posh Supperclub and Restaurant in Washington, D.C. She also tackled a morning baking shift at CakeLove. Eager for the challenge of fine dining, Cavaliere moved on to a position as pastry assistant at PS7’s Restaurant. There, under the tutelage of Pastry Chef Zak Miller (now of Coquette in New Orleans), she began crafting her own dishes and style, leaving her mark on the dessert menu. In 2011, Cavaliere had her first tasting and consequently stepped into the position left vacant by 2010 Rising Star Pastry Chef Chris Ford at Chef RJ Cooper’s fine-dining Rogue 24. There she pursues her creativity without bounds, pushing the envelope with experimental techniques and presentations. In 2013, Cavaliere took part in the 4th Annual StarChefs.com International Pastry Competition, which whet her appetite for more pastry challenges. Then, in 2014, Cavaliere earned a StarChefs Rising Star Pastry Chef Award for her work at Rogue 24.