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.