Danica Pollard is currently the executive pastry chef at Lidia’s Italy Kansas City, a position she has commanded since 2007. Her career began with completion of the culinary program at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City. This was followed by an internship at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s 66 in New York City. Switching coasts, Danica took a position at Café Pinot in Los Angeles where she worked for Master Chef Joachim Splichal. Her last post prior to Lidia’s Italy Kansas City took her to Nobu, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s restaurant in New York City. In addition to being a member of the culinary team for the James Beard Awards in 2009, Danica was awarded the People’s Choice for Best New Pastry Chef Central United States by Food and Wine Magazine in February of 2012.

the team

Lidia Bastianich

Lidia Bastianich: founder & president of Tavola Productions, an entertainment company that produces high-quality broadcast productions including Lidia’s Italy, an Emmy-nominated television series; one of the best-loved chefs on television, ...

Dan Swinney

Dan Swinney, Executive Chef at Lidia’s Restaurant in Kansas City traces his love for good cooking to the time he spent on his grandparents’ dairy farm in southern Missouri. There he ...

Cody Hogan

Before being distracted by food, Cody Hogan was a classical pianist. While studying music in Germany as a Rotary scholar, Cody became interested in the culinary arts and found himself a ...