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Newly appointed Executive Pastry Chef Kate Sigel joins the powerhouse culinary team that makes up QED Hospitality. Sigel was tapped to oversee the pastry division for Killebrew, Marsh House, and L.A. Jackson at the beloved Thompson Nashville. Boasting an impressive resumé with a decade of industry experience, Sigel embraces her newest venture in the Music City.
According to QED CEO/Co-Owner Emery Whalen, “We are thrilled to have Chef Sigel join the team. We know that she will embrace Nashville, and all that this wonderful city and community has to offer. We can all look forward to watching her personality shine through in her desserts.”
A Chicago native, Sigel received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in interior design from Harrington College of Design but quickly realized interior design was not her true calling. It was her thirst for creativity along with experience in the hospitality industry that led Sigel to enroll in pastry school. During her time at the French Pastry School in Chicago, Sigel discovered that her true passion lies in pastry arts and hoped to one day turn it into a career.
Shortly after graduating pastry school she accepted her first position at legendry Chicago eatery Bistro 110 (Levy Restaurant Group). After its closure, Sigel moved to Northern Ireland where she continued to hone her skills for five months. Upon her return to Chicago, she agreed to help the executive chef from Bistro 110 open his own outpost, Chez Moi while simultaneously tending to her very own custom cake business, Kate’s Cakes Chicago. In 2013, Sigel accepted a position at Rush Hospital, where she oversaw the pastry division for the in-house catering and retail outlets.
In 2015, Sigel moved to the Pacific Northwest where she began her second cake business, Sweet Tooth Cake Co. At this time, Sigel also took on the role of pastry director for the Huxley Wallace Collective where she assisted with the openings of Great State Burgers, Bar Noroeste, and Saint Helens. Sigel was later tapped to serve as executive pastry chef of the newly opened Thompson Seattle, overseeing pastry for Scout PNW restaurant, The Nest, and Conversation restaurant all the while introducing an in-house bread program, and a wedding and events pastry program.
Now, Chef Kate Sigel is pleased to announce her role as executive pastry chef at Thompson Nashville, where she hopes to delight guests with her creativity and nod to nostalgia. “I’m excited to begin this new chapter of my life in a new city, alongside QED’s talented team,” says Sigel. “I’m eager to evolve as a chef here in Nashville and look forward to sharing my story through my pastries.” Her whimsical style and playful flavor combinations will soon become a crowd favorite as her desserts make their debut in the Music City.
Marsh House, Killebrew and L.A. Jackson are located at the Thompson Nashville, 401 11th Ave S, Nashville. Marsh House and Killebrew: (615) 262-6001; Website: www.marshhouserestaurant.com: www.killecoffee.com; L.A. Jackson: 615-262-6007; Website: www.lajacksonbar.com