Amanda Pacheco, Pastry Chef
Hear what life is like as Pastry Chef of the venerated Balthazar Bakery – where thousands of croissants, baguettes, scones, breads, tarts, cakes, pies and mini pastries are lovingly made daily at its Englewood, New Jersey 14,000 square foot facility. Amanda Pacheco, who earned degrees in both Culinary and Pastry Arts from Johnson & Wales, began working at Balthazar as a pastry cook, worked her way up to sous pastry chef and in 2015, snagged her dream job – Pastry Chef. Amanda, who supervises a staff of 8, gets to work at 5:00am 5 days a week, including holidays – Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day, Easter. But, it’s a labor of love.Grab an iced tea and a galette and check out this mouth-watering conversation.