The Transition From Award-Winning Pastry Chef to Corporate Chef

About Bill Corbett

This week our podcast guest is Bill Corbett. Many people know him from his years working as a pastry chef with people like Sam MasonWylie DufresneLincoln CarsonMichael Mina, and Daniel Patterson. But he left the world of pastry behind and is currently the executive chef and head of culinary at Salesforce. Bill has been recognized as the Best Pastry Chef 2011 from San Francisco Magazine, and in 2013 he was selected as one of the Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America by Dessert Professional Magazine.

Strawberries, ricotta mousse, lemon cake, celery by pastry chef Bill Corbett
Strawberries, ricotta mousse, lemon cake, celery

On This Week’s Podcast

We talk about the transition from being a restaurant pastry chef, to overseeing Salesforce’s Ohana floor kitchens and barista programs across the company’s global towers. There are a lot of changes that come with a change like this. Bill discusses learning to be a better leader, and stepping away from the food.

We also talk about punk rock, and Brooks Headley, and hear about how the Killed by Dessert events came to be. If you’ve never heard of them, they were a series of collaborative dessert events he did with Christina Tosi, Lincoln Carson, Francisco Migoya, Michael Laiskonis, and Brooks Headley. If you’re a fan of pastry chefs, or want to hear about transitioning into the corporate food world, this episode’s for you. 

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