Sherry Yard Bio

Sherry Yard, judge on Cake Wars: Christmas and Halloween Baking Championship

A Brooklyn native, Sherry Yard began her culinary career at the venerable Rainbow Room. She lived and cooked in London, then returned to New York City to work the stoves at Montrachet and Tribeca Grill. She moved west to San Francisco, establishing herself as a prominent pastry chef at celebrated Campton Place. Wolfgang Puck summoned her to Los Angeles, where she became the executive pastry chef and partner for his worldwide operations. For 20 years her innovative dishes and desserts were a staple at the Academy Awards Governor's Ball, the Grammy Awards and the Emmy Awards. Working with Wolfgang, she produced segments for his Emmy Award-winning cooking show, and later she was tapped by Magical Elves Production Company for the role of executive culinary producer for Top Chef: Just Desserts.

Sherry serves as vice president of culinary development for iPic Entertainment Group, where she leads culinary innovation. In 2014 she brought her first concept restaurant, City Perch Kitchen + Bar — a seasonal American dining room — to Bethesda, Md. This local restaurant celebrates the bounty of the Mid-Atlantic, sourcing ingredients from nearby farms and waters. Next up, The Tuck Room gastro-lounge is slated for openings in Miami, Houston and New York. This cocktail-driven restaurant will showcase a progressive menu of small indulgent bites as well as shareable social plates.

In 2016 Sherry will revive the Los Angeles icon Helms Bakery as chef and owner. Helms will be revitalized into a multispace operation, with an exceptional bakery, as well as various vignettes to cater to all hungry diners.

Throughout her career, Sherry has earned the praise of her critics and peers with multiple accolades, including three James Beard Awards for the Foundation’s prestigious hall of fame: Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America for her significant contributions to the culinary profession, Outstanding Pastry Chef of the Year and Best Baking Book.

Sherry serves on the board of numerous philanthropic organizations and is a driving force of the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). She is involved in fundraising efforts for the Women's Cancer Research Center, Special Olympics, American Cancer Society and Citymeals.