"Red in Nature"
In addition to her studio practice at Gateway Project Spaces, Andrea Lekberg is an accomplished pastry chef.
The Artist Baker is located at 14-18 Cattano in Morristown, New Jersey. Located off the green and behind the Century 21 department store. All of our products are hand crafted in our kitchen from our preserves and pickles to our cakes and pastries.
The Artist Baker opened in 2009.
After graduating from The Art Institute of Chicago and The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, Andrea moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to work at The Coyote Cafe. This wonderful kitchen run by Mark Miller and Mark Kiffin was a great beginning to a career. From there she worked at The Inn of the Anasazi before moving east to Durham, North Carolina. Durham, like Sante Fe, was a town with great farmer’s markets. Andrea learned about the relationship between chefs and local farms and the importance of that relationship in educating customers about seasonal food. From there, a move to Brooklyn to work at Sweet Melissa’s Patisserie. During her tenure there as pastry chef, they received Best Pies and Tarts in New York from Zagats. Before opening her own shop, Andrea worked with Pichet Ong at his bakery Batch and studied with Biagio Settepani at The French Pastry School in Chicago.
Since opening the shop, Andrea has been back to the French Pastry School in Chicago to study with Chef En-Ming Hsu, Chef Paul Virant of Chicago and Spanish Chef Oriol Balaguer.
Andrea joined Chris Cannon’s restaurant complex, Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen as their pastry chef with friend and colleague, Erica Leahy. She had a great year opening up with them. Andrea left Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen to focus on The Artist Baker and on arts in the Morristown. She is working with Morris Arts, Arts by the People and some specific artists. There is a new artist in the dining room, Kori Gervasio. She is a floral artist who will set up a temporary shop in the dining room store front. Bike artist, Erik Hendrickson has moved his studio to a more welding friendly space in Morristown. You will still see him flying around town. It has been an exciting year for Andrea, she just wishes she didn’t like the work so much.