Prior to founding Dude, Sweet, Katherine Clapner served for many years as Executive Pastry Chef at Stephan Pyles restaurant, working directly with Chef/Owner Stephan Pyles, a pioneer of New American Cuisine and legendary founding father of Southwestern Cuisine. The rest of Katherine’s story is no less impressive.
Coming out of the Culinary Institute of America in New York with an associate’s degree in baking and pastry, Katherine headed overseas and got to work. Her first stop in Europe was the Savoy in London, followed a few years later by Hotel Cipriani in Venice.
Once back stateside, she worked under the instruction of recognized names such as Chef Charlie Trotter and Chef Kevin Graham. She trained and held Pastry Chef positions at Charlie Trotter’s (Chicago), The Windsor Court Hotel (New Orleans), and many other renowned restaurants. She also spent time with the Texas legend, Stephan Pyles, and remains an active part of the local food community, consulting and eating with some of Texas’ greatest culinary luminaries.