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Brooklyn-born Sherry Yard is an accomplished chef and restaurateur who spent her extensive career making a mark as a disruptor in the hospitality industry. Her innovative approach has garnered her three James Beard Awards and an induction into their Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. Yard has received accolades from renowned publications such as Bon Appetit Magazine, Food and Wine Magazine, and more, along with authoring two successful cookbooks.
Yard began her culinary career at the venerable Rainbow Room and went on to expand her skills as an Executive Partner within Wolfgang Puck’s empire for nearly 20 years, encompassing the crafting of masterful breads, creating menus, and opening new restaurants while simultaneously mentoring an entire generation of chefs in kitchens from Singapore to Santa Monica.
Yard became affectionately known by the media as “L.A.’s Sweetheart”, both for her bubbly personality and her incomparably creative and fresh from the farm desserts. Her pastry creations quickly became staples at events such as the Academy Awards Governor’s Ball, the Grammy Awards, and the Emmy Awards, where she could be spotted in her iconic pink chef’s jacket in support of breast cancer awareness.
After joining iPic Entertainment, Yard was credited with redefining what guests eat at the movies, crafting a unique “Dining in the Dark” menu that revolutionized the typical movie-going outing with a focus on the sensory experience of a meal. In her position as Chief Operating Officer she was responsible for developing concepts for independent restaurants and bars within Tuck Hospitality Group, including The Tuck Room Tavern and City Perch Kitchen + Bar, as well as overseeing all theater and restaurant operations.
Yard is also a sought out national television personality, having served both as a judge and a contestant on shows like The Great American Baking Show, Best Baker on America, Cutthroat Kitchen, The Next Food Network Star, Cake Wars, and Christmas Cookie Challenge, amongst others.