Meet the Chefs

We Love Our Chefs! They fill American Pistachio Growers’ recipe library with the world's most delectable and delightful recipes using America’s amazing pistachios. Thank you!


Lauren Mitterer

Lauren Mitterer, a two-time James Beard Foundation Award nominee in the pastry chef category, received her degree in Baking & Pastry Arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York in 2004.

Chef Lauren Mitterer
Chef Gerald Hirigoyen


Gerald Hirigoyen

Gerald Hirigoyen grew up in the Basque region of France surrounded by a cooking culture and his interest in the kitchen started at an early age.


Roland Passot

French-born chef, Roland Passot owner of San Francisco’s famed La Folie and more casual, Left Bank Brasseries, was named Best Rising Star Chef in 1980 by the James Beard Foundation.

Chef Roland Passot
Chef Jean–Yves Charon


Jean–Yves Charon

In France, Jean-Yves worked as a manager for Brioche Doree/Paris Croissant where he opened stores in London, Paris, Canada and New York. Jean-Yves subsequently moved to the U.S. and managed production for Saralan, a cookie manufacturer in South San Francisco.