Born into a long line of pastry chefs and bakers, Nadine Donovan’s enthusiasm for all things sweet was instilled at an early age while growing up in her hometown of London, Ontario, Canada. Years later, after emigrating to Colorado, Nadine decided to pursue her passion and enrolled in the Baking and Pastry Arts program at Johnson & Wales University where she excelled, graduating Magna Cum Laude. In the evenings, Nadine gained practical experience working in local restaurant kitchens.
Over the next few years, Nadine quickly made a name for herself by designing original pastry programs at some of Denver’s most acclaimed restaurants including Parisi’s, Fuel, and eventually Old Major, where she earned the title of Denver’s Best Pastry Chef by Westword Magazine. This recognition capped a stellar year during which Nadine was named to Zagat’s 30 Under 30 list and was invited to join Denver’s esteemed culinary group, the Denver Five.
Not content with this early success, Nadine embraced the next challenge in her life when she signed on as Executive Pastry Chef for Secret Sauce Food & Beverage, the local restaurant group behind Steuben’s, Ace Eat Serve, and Vesta. Tasked with developing pastry programs for three very different concepts, Nadine and her team create unique, seasonal desserts to compliment each restaurant’s unique identity and cuisine.