After a storied career sweetening - and revolutionizing - the Miami culinary scene with her signature, retro-modern desserts at the empire she helped create with Chef Michael Schwartz, pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith relocated to Los Angeles. The two-time James Beard Award finalist needed a break from the restaurant grind. When I left Miami, I really needed to chill,” Goldsmith says. “I needed to just do other things.”
Today, after learning to surf and spending days on end at southern California’s farmers markets, Goldsmith is back in Miami having found new inspiration from her West Coast surroundings. But don't expect anything too serious, as seriously good as they promise to be, Goldsmith still likes to play.
A 2012 and 2013 James Beard Award Finalist for the nationally-contested Outstanding Pastry Chef category, Goldsmith's first cookbook, Baking Out Loud: Fun Desserts with Big Flavors (Clarkson Potter), was released in October 2012.
The media's hunger for Goldsmith and her desserts is insatiable with coverage on the TODAY Show and Food Network, The New York Times, PEOPLE magazine, Wall Street Journal, Wine Spectator, Food & Wine magazine and more. She and an all-star team of badass women defeated Bobby Flay on Food Network's Iron Chef America as the first all-female competitors.
Goldsmith appeared for six seasons on Cooking Channel's Unique Sweets, creates seasonal recipes for CookingChannel.com and blogs about all things sweet on FoodNetwork.com. She lends her time and support to a number of causes dear to heart like Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation in the fight against childhood cancer, and Common Threads, an after-school program for underprivileged kids.
Goldsmith holds a B.A. in Photography and Film from the Philadelphia College of Art and graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute of America in New York.