Rising Star Pastry Chef Julie Elkind of Bâtard - Biography

New York, NY

November 2020

It’s not surprising that Bâtard Pastry Chef Julie Elkind was once an art major. The would-be painter and art historian was drawn to the science of pastry and now creates plates that reflect the spirit of an artist. After realizing where her true passions lied, Elkind abandoned her art studies degree at Hofstra University for the Culinary Academy of New York, where she completed both savory and pastry programs. She took on her first professional pastry role at Le Cirque in 2008 but quickly accepted jobs with La Fonda del Sol’s opening team in 2009 and Convivio in 2010. 

At 25, Elkind was named corporate executive pastry chef at Esquared Hospitality and moved on to BLT Restaurants in 2011. Zagat honored her as one of its 2012 “30 Under 30,” and she starred in E!’s reality series Playing with Fire. In 2013, Elkind became executive pastry chef of Mint Catering NYC, the high-end catering company for Tour de France NYC Restaurant Group. But in 2017, Elkind joined Chef Markus Glocker at the Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-winning European bistro Bâtard. As executive pastry chef there, Elkind channels childhood nostalgia to prepare elegant, eccentric and seasonal desserts.