Nicole Rucker is the author of DAPPLED: Baking Recipes for Fruit Lovers: A Cookbook. She is the founder and owner of the former Fiona and Rucker's Pie in Los Angeles. She is a four-time blue ribbon winner of KCRW's Good Food Pie Contest. Prior to opening Fiona, Nicole was the Pastry Chef at Gjelina Take Away and Gjusta Bakery in Venice, California. Her writing and recipes have appeared in Bon Appetit, Lucky Peach, The Los Angeles Times, and inside the cookbook Gjelina: Cooking from Venice, California.