As she approaches the 10th anniversary of Milk Bar, pastry chef Christina Tosi reflects on her path into baking, what she learned from her mentors, Wylie Dufresne and Dave Chang, and how she dealt with a macho kitchen culture as a young cook. Tosi was part of the line-up at #50BestTalks: Life Cycle, presented by Miele, at the Basque Culinary Center in San Sebastian.

When Chef’s Table producer David Gelb approached Christina Tosi to star in a pastry-focused special of the cult Netflix series, her initial reaction was to say no. She thought the show – which has starred 50 Best chefs including Massimo Bottura, Dominique Crenn and Dan Barber – was only about fine dining, and that her confetti-sprinkled cookies and multi-layer cakes wouldn’t fit.

“But they said to me: ‘we know exactly what we’re getting and we want to do it – we think your story is really compelling’,” Tosi recounts. “I then felt an incredible sense of duty to share my story in the best light possible, to shed a light on, for me, what American dessert is and stands for.”

Read the full interview with Christina Tosi on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants website.

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