A Texas-native, Callie Speer got her start working in the kitchen of Austin’s Cipollina, before landing a highly-coveted pastry position at the neighboring fine dining establishment, Jeffrey’s. From there, Speer served as the Pastry Chef of Mars, before accepting a position working alongside famed Chef Shawn Cirkiel at his contemporary American concept, Parkside. In 2009, Speer joined Chef Cirkiel at his James Beard Foundation dinner, where she created the dessert pairing.
Prior to joining Geraldine’s, Speer worked with the Chameleon Group, serving as the Executive Pastry Chef of Swift’s Attic and as the Head Pastry Chef and Creative Director of Delish Bakery and Wu Chow. During her time with the group, Speer appeared on Bravo’s “Best New Restaurant” and was featured on VICE MUNCHIE’s “Chef’s Night Out” series.
Speer’s whimsical dessert creations have been met with critical acclaim, earning her a Food & Wine “People’s Best New Chef” nomination in 2013 and the title of “Pastry Chef of the Year” by CultureMap in 2015.
In her spare time, Speer enjoys spending time with her family, playing sand volleyball and going on motorcycle rides.