|Dana Salls Cree|
Dana Salls Cree
Dana Salls Cree is a 20 year veteran of the restaurant industry, with 15 years focused on desserts. Her career began in Seattle, and has taken her inside some of the worlds best restaurants, including Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, The Fat Duck in Bray, England, and Noma and Kadeau in Copenhagen before she settled down in Chicago. Here she worked for Grant Achatz at Alinea before signing on with Paul Kahan and One Off Hospitality where she has helmed the pastry program for many of their restaurants, including Blackbird where her work earned her two Outstanding Pastry Chef nominations from The James Beard Foundation, as well as The Jean Banchet award for Best Pastry Chef. In 2017 Salls Cree penned her first book, Hello My Name Is Ice Cream; the art and science of the scoop, which was awarded the prestigious IACP award in the single subject category. Her writing has also been featured in publications globally, including The London Guardian, Lucky Peach, Chefs Feed, The Take Out, and Food and Wine.
In 2018 Salls Cree opened Pretty Cool Ice Cream in partnership with Michael Ciapciak of Bang Bang Pie. The shop, located in the Logan Square neighborhood specializes in frozen novelties, like ice cream bars, popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, and push pops. She lives in the neighborhood with her husband, Dan, who owns and operates Quiote restaurant a block away from the ice cream shop, a Corgi named Eleanore, a Siberian cat named Bianka, and are expecting their first baby November of 2018.