Nicole Rucker is a chef and author from Los Angeles. Formerly the pastry chef of the Gjelina Group (including G.T.A. and Gjusta), Rucker is known internationally for her rustic desserts and has won several awards for her homespun pies. In 2012, she won blue ribbons in the National Pie Championship, KCRW Good Food Pie Contest, and a Star Chef award for baking. She is the head chef and owner of Fat + Flour and just published her first cookbook ‘Dappled: Baking Recipes for Fruit Lovers', recently nominated for a James Beard Award for baking.