Millennium Park | Sept 23 - 25
Spago Beverly Hills
Della Gossett completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in Arts Education and Painting. Following her studies, she received an offer from Chicago mold-breaker Trio restaurant in Evanston, where she stayed for six years working with Chicago pastry pillar Gale Gand, and later with Executive Chef and restaurateur Shawn McClain.
In 2000, Gossett moved to New York to work at Atlas in Central Park South. While in New York, she placed first among New York pastry chefs in the Quady Wine and Dessert Pairing Competition.
Gossett returned to Chicago in 2001 to work at Charlie Trotter’s, the Mobil Five Star, AAA Five Diamond award-winning restaurant and winner of 10 James Beard Foundation awards. She remained there as the pastry chef for nearly a decade.
During her tenure at Trotter’s, Gossett worked alongside many world-class chefs who collaborated with famed Chef Charlie Trotter, including Ferran Adria of elBulli. She also traveled around the world to train with masters, being one of two US chefs selected to train with Ramon Morato, Best Artisian Master Confectioner in Spain at his school near Barcelona.
Gossett regularly participated with The Charlie Trotter Excellence Program, where three times a week she and members of her team shared their work with Chicago high school or middle students, teaching youngsters about excellence and the importance of always trying to attain excellence, no matter what the pursuit.
Following her time with Charlie Trotter, Gossett accepted a coveted role as Pastry Chef Instructor in The French Pastry School’s L’Art de la Pâtisserie, The Professional Pastry and Baking Program. It was a prime opportunity for Gossett to bring her many years of restaurant experience to share with her students. Gossett’s philosophy on the pastry arts involves a fidelity to the ingredients while also celebrating experimentation and creativity.
In 2012, Gossett was approached by legendary chef Wolfgang Puck to join his team at Spago and lead the pastry department at his famed restaurant.
Gossett is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and Women Chefs and Restaurateurs. In 2008, she was nominated for the WCR “Women Who Inspire” award. In 2011, Gossett won the National Pastry Team Championship with team captain Donald Wressell and her fellow French Pastry School instructors, Joshua Johnson and Scott Green. The team went on to win the Silver Medal in the 2012 World Pastry Championship.