Erin Barnard is the new pastry chef at the Volunteer Park Cafe. Originally from Ames, Iowa, Barnard moved to Seattle two years ago and started working at Bakery Nouveau. She began in the front of the house, but Barnard had grown up baking with her mother and she really wanted to get in the kitchen. She soon did, and dove into French pastry before moving on to a position at Macrina. Most recently Barnard worked at Mamnoon, focusing on plated desserts, and she’s excited to bring some new ideas to Volunteer Park Cafe’s dessert program.