MAIDA HEATTER Baker/Pastry Chef
1977: Known for her refreshing simplicity and meticulous instructions, Heatter wins a James Beard Award for her first all-cookie cookbook, "Maida Heatter's Book of Great Cookies".
"Happiness is baking cookies. Happiness is giving them away. And serving them, and eating them, talking about them, reading and writing about them, thinking about them, and sharing them with you." Maida Heatter
Maida Heatter's reputation for sweets is unparalleled. Described as the "First Lady of Desserts," Maida Heatter is indeed a legend in her own time. Maida's phenomenal success as a baker is due to the refreshing simplicity and unfailing genius of her recipes. Michael Schneider, President of Chocolatier Magazine, stated, "there is not one pastry chef who has not been influenced by her recipes. Her style is simple - she reworks classic recipes until she achieves timeless perfection."
A nationally renowned cooking teacher and the recipient of two James Beard Awards, her desserts have been served at the Four Seasons and Spago, as well as numerous Presidential luncheons. In 1988, she was named to "Who's Who of Cooking in America" by Cook's Magazine. She also became one of the first people to be inducted into Chocolatier Magazine's "Hall of Fame". Her recipes have appeared in leading periodicals and newspapers, including Food & Wine, The New York Times, Woman's Day, The Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune. She has also taught countless baking classes at cooking schools across the country. Her award-winning cookbooks, including "Maida Heatter's Brand New Book of Great Cookies", "Maida Heatter's Book of Great Desserts" and "Maida Heatter's Greatest Dessert Book Ever" are among the best-loved and some of the most enduring of all dessert classics.