Featured Chefs

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Behind the sweet taste of contributing to a good cause, we find the men and women whose talent and passion make Rhode Island Bakes possible. One thing all of our participating establishments have in common is their commitment to creating special desserts that people will enjoy and at the same time will help raise money for breast cancer. We can’t think of a better way to honor our participants which include restaurants, bakeries, online bakeries, supermarkets, food trucks and cafes (just to name a few!) than to recommend people gather together and taste the delicious desserts these gifted Chefs and Pastry Chefs create.

Whether you’re looking for a great place to share good conversation amongst friends, a romantic hideaway to rekindle an old flame, or a special treat for you and your family, you will not be disappointed with our chefs.  Brunch, lunch or dinner, you’ll be happy you helped make a difference.  We’d love to hear about your favorite chefs, please Tweet, Facebook, or Pinterest  or email us at to let us know!

Here, we honor those fine chefs and pasty makers of Rhode Island who helped to make a difference this year.

Executive Pastry Chef Melissa Denmark

Chef Denmark grew up in Columbia, Maryland, with a cookbook in one hand, and a whisk in the other. Her love of baking led her to Johnson & Wales University, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in baking and pastry arts. That same year, Denmark assumed the role of Executive Pastry Chef at Gracie’s, and in 2012, developed the bread and pastry program at Ellie’s Bakery.

Chef Denmark draws her inspiration from travel, childhood memories, and unusual ingredients to create savory-sweet, unique desserts. She was named as one of the 50 best new pastry chefs in the country by Food & Wine magazine in 2012, and in 2014 was named a Rising Star in Coastal New England by the culinary magazine, Starchefs.

Visit Grace’s and Ellie’s Bakery and try for yourself Melissa’s Dessert for Rhode Island Bakes for Breast Cancer