Pastry Chef Monica Glass of Clio - Biography

Boston, MA

August 2012

As a child growing up in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Monica Glass enjoyed experimenting by her parent’s side in the kitchen. As a young woman in college, she became known as “Chef Moni” because of her culinary skills.

After her graduation from Penn State University, Glass moved to New York City to embark on a career in public relations. But after a brief stint in the corporate world, she decided to refocus on those early culinary callings. Enticed by her love of playing with sugar, Glass’s next step was to improve her culinary skills. She worked up the courage to ask Deborah Racicot, executive pastry chef at Gotham Bar and Grill, for a position and spent seven months moonlighting as an extern before she enthusiastically joined the team full time.

Her aspirations to always learn from the best next led Glass to Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin, where she continued to develop and refine her skills under Pastry Chef Michael Laiskonis’s watchful eye. Ripert and Laiskonis soon asked Glass to head the pastry department of their newest consulting restaurant, 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge in the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia, where she was also asked to oversee the hotel banquet pastry. Almost four years later, Glass brought her exciting desserts to Fish. Glass also has an affinity for writing and sharing, and her passion has led her to also pursue freelance food writing.