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Brooklyn-born Sherry Yard has spent her extensive career making a mark as a disruptor in the hospitality industry. The chef and restaurateur’s innovative approach has garnered her three James Beard Foundation Awards and an induction into their Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. She has earned accolades from such publications as Bon Appetit and Food & Wine magazines, and has authored 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 for 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 “Dining in the Dark” menu that has revolutionized the typical movie-going outing with a focus on the sensory experience of a meal. In her position as chief operating officer, she is responsible for overseeing all theater and restaurant operations.