Christina Tosi is the chef, founder and owner of Milk Bar, called “one of the most exciting bakeries in the country” by Bon Appétit magazine. Christina founded the dessert programs at Momofuku restaurant in New York and went on to build a culinary empire of her own from the ground up. She opened Milk Bar’s doors in 2008 and since then, hundreds of people flock to her stores daily to try one of her highly addictive and genius creations, including Cereal Milk ice cream, Compost Cookies and Crack Pie. Christina also started the trend for “naked cakes,” popular for their unfrosted sides.
The culinary trendsetter and sugar genius is the recipient of two James Beard awards, including Outstanding Pastry Chef, author of two acclaimed cookbooks, Momofuku Milk Bar and Milk Bar Life, and a judge on the hit cooking competition series MasterChef and MasterChef Junior on the Fox Network. In addition to being a role model to her staff of over 200, this highly motivated and down home lady boss serves on the Board of Directors for Hot Bread Kitchen and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and on the advisory boards for the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) and Journee.
“Naked cake is sounds naughty, I don’t have a better term for it… It’s essentially a cake that is not frosted on the sides and we choose not to frost on the sides of the cake because I’m impatient! We do it because I just thought cake way back then was something that was an untapped vehicle for flavor and creation and innovation.” [12:30]
–Christina Tosi on Radio Cherry Bombe