Cake Walk: Meet Guest Chef Kathleen McDaniel

An Atlanta native with over 19 years of culinary experience, this chef can wields the pastry cutter like a pro.

Kathleen McDaniel holding a chocolate cake

Kathleen McDaniel is the executive pastry chef for the Indigo Road restaurant group, which includes four restaurants in the Atlanta area. Before graduating from Johnson & Wales University with degrees in Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts, she grew up working alongside her mother for a catering service. She's worked with Share Our Strength, Chocolate for Cystic Fibrosis, Table to Table and Les Dames d’Escoffier Atlanta Chapter, and in the summer of 2016, she prepared dessert for the Georgia Grown Dinner in the James Beard House in NYC.

Kathleen joined us in the PeachDish test kitchen and made us the decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake with Cinnamon-Spiced Whipped Cream! This Date Night dessert was so delicious, and we wanted to learn all about the mind behind it.

Our interview with chef Kathleen McDaniel is below:

What are your first memories of cooking?
Is there a special person in your life who fostered your love for cooking?
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten?
What’s your favorite food indulgence?
Who is your favorite Southern cook?
What charities or organizations do you love and support?


Follow Kathleen McDaniel online, via Twitter and Indigo Road!

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