Pastry chef Gina DePalma dead after long cancer battle

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Recognized New York pastry chef Gina DePalma has died, Eater reported Wednesday morning. DePalma had been battling ovarian cancer for several years prior to her passing.


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Chef Mario Batali tweeted the following on news of DePalma’s passing:

On Sept. 28, DePalma took to Twitter to let her friends and fans know that she was off to the hospital for a second cancer surgery.

On October 24, she tweeted the following messages to her friends and fans, explaining the reason for her absence from Twitter.

Honors and Awards:

  • Outstanding Pastry Chef, James Beard Foundation, 2009 (six prior nominations)
  • Bon Appetit Magazine Award for Best Pastry Chef, 2008
  • Ten Best Pastry Chefs in America by Pastry Art & Design Magazine, 2005