Appearing Courtesy of Lee and Arthur Herbst
An honors graduate of Harvard College with a degree in applied mathematics and economics, Joanne Chang left a career as a management consultant to enter the world of professional cooking. She started at Boston’s renowned Biba, then Bentonwood Bakery, Rialto, New York’s Payard Patisserie and Bistro, and finally Mistral. She returned to Boston with dreams of opening her own pastry shop. In 2000, she opened Flour, a bakery and café, and with her business partner and husband Christopher Myers. She has since opened seven more locations in Boston and Cambridge. Flour has been featured in Gourmet, Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, The New York Times and Condé Nast Traveler; it has received numerous Best of Boston awards. Chang also competed and won on Throwdown with Bobby Flay. In 2007, she and Myers opened a Chinese restaurant, Myers+Chang. Her new book is "Pastry Love: A Baker's Journal of Favorite Recipes." She is the author of four other cookbooks and was the recipient of a James Beard Award in 2016 for Outstanding Baker in America.