Michelle Gayer is the most critically acclaimed pastry chef currently living in the Twin Cities and is recognized as one of the best in the country. In 2002 and 2010 she received James Beard “Outstanding Pastry Chef” nominations and in 2013 received a James Beard “Best Chef Midwest” nomination. In 2011 and 2012, Michelle was a featured Chef at South Beach Wine and Food Festival and in 2012 was Krewe in Chef Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Carnivale du Vin. Also in 2012, Michelle was named “Best Pastry Chef” by the editors of Bon Appetit magazine and was featured on the Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate” program for the famous Coconut Macaroons.
Gayer gained fame as the Executive Pastry Chef for Charlie Trotter’s and Trotter’s To Go in Chicago, where she also partnered with Trotter to write, “Charlie Trotter’s Desserts.” In 2004, she moved to the Twin Cities to become the executive pastry chef for the Franklin Street Bakery. In late 2005, she left Franklin Street Bakery to join Le Cordon Bleu as an instructor and also became Executive Pastry Chef for Minneapolis four-star restaurants, La Belle Vie and Solera in 2007. In 2008, Gayer opened her own bakery, Salty Tart.
Salty Tart features Gayer’s extraordinarily stylish to free-form rustic creations. Sweet to savory selections like coconut macaroons, golden rosemary corn cakes, pastry cream filled brioche and savory puff pastry all perfectly compliment the custom desserts and breads made fresh daily. Gayer features the best in seasonal fruits, flavors and baking creativity.