Claire Ptak

Violet Cakes

Claire Ptak was a guest chef at Ballymaloe Cookery School on 21st May 2016 and 26th October 2021

Claire Ptak is an American pastry chef, formerly of legendary Chez Panisse restaurant in California. She founded Violet Cakes, her acclaimed bakery and café in Hackney, London in 2005. Violet has been featured in American Vogue, Red magazine, Timeout, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Susie Bubble visited Violet on Monki TV and Jamie Oliver calls Claire “my favourite cake maker in the whole world."

Claire Ptak
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Guest Chefs

We have been honoured to host some of the following guest chefs at Ballymaloe Cookery School over the years.