Zoë François bakes at Madison College


Chef series host Kyle Cherek poses with Zoë François following the event. (Tessa Morhart / Clarion)

Clarion Staff Report

Madison College hosted expert baker and best-selling author Zoë François on April 6 for its second Chef Series event of the semester.
The event featured a demonstration, an interview and question and answer session with François, followed by a book giveaway.
François is the author of “Zoë Bakes Cakes,” which is the 2022 International Association of Culinary Professionals Best Baking Cookbook. She is the co-author of the best-selling, “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day” series with Jeff Hertzberg. She is now working on her 10th cookbook, “Zoë Bakes Cookies,” harkening back to her days of making gourmet cookies in her apartment and selling them from a food cart.
The host of “Zoë Bakes” on the Magnolia Network,” François was formally trained as a pastry chef at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. She has worked as the executive pastry chef at several restaurants in the Twin Cities.
In addition, François has more than 20 years of experience teaching baking and pastry arts nationally. Much of her teaching is done online through BluePrint.com and her own Instagram and YouTube videos.
The Madison College Chef Series was coordinated by the college’s Entrepreneurship Center, whose mission is to strengthen communities through education, innovation and collaboration.