Chef Denise Spooner

Chef Instructor, Baking & Pastry Arts

Location: Online Programs
Favorite Dish: Chicken Parmesan

“Every opportunity is a learning experience—the good and the bad—whether we succeed on our first attempt or our 100th attempt! Every chance is a moment to take in something new and learn from it.”

Chef Denise Spooner


Pastry Chef Denise grew her skills in a busy catering company owned by Danny Meyer called Union Square Events. This is where she sharpened her skills in various aspects from laminated doughs to chocolates to petit four and plated desserts.

Denise received a bachelor’s degree in Food Service Management, while also minoring in Contemporary Pastry, Beverage Management, and Psychology. While in school, she worked in various small bakeries and kitchens during her studies.

Denise then moved into restaurants at Jams by Jonathan Waxman within the boutique and eco-friendly 1 Hotel Central Park in New York. Working at Jams, she discovered her passion for a farm-to-table style. As she would say, “Living in the Northeast with such an abundance of fruits and vegetables available, baking with anything different than locally-sourced and seasonal products would just feel wrong now.” After putting in the work and years under her favorite chef, Heather Miller, Denise was able to take the reins and move up to Pastry Chef at Jams.

Through the years of teaching young cooks and new bakers a love for instructing grew. Watching them succeed and grow became more rewarding than planning new menus. After a few years of doing personal chef classes through a company called Fest Cooking, the transition to a full-time instructor was a great fit.

Honors, Awards & Affiliations

  • ServSafe® Certified

Professional EXPERIENCE

  • Pastry Chef & Pastry Sous Chef - Jams NYC/1Hotel, Central Park, New York, NY
  • Personal Pastry Chef Instructor - Fest Cooking
  • Pastry Cook/Supervisor - Union Square Events, New York, NY


  • Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry, Johnson and Wales
  • Bachelor's Degree in Baking and Pastry Food Service Management, Minor in Contemporary Pastry, Minor in Beverage Management and Minor in Psychology, Johnson and Wales

Special Interests

Running, traveling, and experiencing foods in other regions.

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