executive pastry chef

Mitchell Blanco

I’m Mitchell Blanco, an Executive Pastry Chef.

I live in Oakland, California.

The creative latitude and managing a team are my favorite things about being a chef.

When baking a tip to keep in mind is that time is only a gauge--knowing the product and when it’s done is essential.

Spaghetti is my favorite pasta shape! Because it’s crazy, unpredictable, and all over the place.

My mother’s flan is what I’d have if I could only eat one dessert for the rest of my life because it reminds me of family and innocence.



Popeye’s drive-thru is my guilty pleasure.

Salt is my favorite ingredient.

My plastic bowl scraper is a tool I can’t live without.

When I’m not cooking, I’m embarking on adventures with my partner.

Cooking at the James Beard House and working at Artisan have been the highlights of my career so far.

When I was a kid, I wanted to become a designer.

Platano frito or fried plantains are my first food memories.