Sunday, July 29, 2007

Welcome, Kendra

Manresa is pleased to announce that Kendra L. Baker has been named pastry chef beginning August 3. Before joining Manresa, Ms. Baker rose to prominence as the pastry chef at the popular Mission District bistro Bar Tartine in San Francisco. She has been the pastry chef at Bar Tartine since it opened in November 2005.

“We are very fortunate to have someone with Kendra's talent, drive and experience as a part of the Manresa team,” said David Kinch about Ms. Baker. “I am very excited about the future and the possibilities that this new partnership presents for her professionally and for everyone at Manresa. Together we will be contributing to the happiness and satisfaction of our guests at the restaurant.”

Desserts created by Ms. Baker have graced the August 2006 cover of San Francisco magazine and have earned high praise from the San Francisco Chronicle.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the Manresa team,” said Ms. Baker. “I feel that Manresa brings together all of my interests under one roof, and I am certain that working with such talented individuals in such an environment will allow me to further explore my culinary curiosities.”

Prior to Bar Tartine, Ms. Baker was assistant pastry chef at No. 9 Park in Boston, and she has held various stagaire positions in France and Wales. She is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, and University of California, Santa Cruz.