Meet Our Award-Winning Chefs
Our Chefs take home a medal in every culinary competition they enter!
Come taste what all the fuss is about. We are so fortunate to have these Chefs in our kitchen!
Our Chefs are never more than a phone call away. Let Them create the perfect meal for your next dinner or event. Call 603-225-6840 and ask to speak with our Café.
Executive Pastry Chef Elaine Speer
Elaine became the Co-op’s Executive Pastry Chef in 2013 with an already-impressive background in pastry and holistic health. She’s worked in Boston and Chicago as a pastry chef, serving high-profile clientele including President Bush, President Obama, and Oprah. She’s traveled Europe extensively and lived in the Chianti region of Italy studying food while learning how to cook and bake breads. Shortly before coming to the Co-op, Elaine was a pastry chef at CR Sparks and The Hanover Street Chophouse in Manchester. Perhaps most importantly, she understands and lives an organic, holistic lifestyle. “I have a passion for food, gardening, and ceramics. I have my own organic garden, and do all my own canning.” says Elaine. She has been a vegetarian for over 25 years and is the mastermind behind several of our delicious flourless, vegan, and low-sugar desserts. In her down time, Elaine and her mother created a ceramics business, Gnarly Knoll Mushrooms. Together they hand form and glaze ceramic mushrooms as funky yard art. If you have any questions about vegetarian diets, Elaine is your go-to-girl at the Co-op. She loves to share ideas and recipes, or just help you find delicious vegetarian products available at the Co-op.
Pastry Chef Donna Love
In spite of her degree in Medical Technology, Donna was destined for the world of pastry. She grew up with a background in restaurant and pastry shops and taught herself the art of gourmet pastries when her husband designated her as the baker in the duo’s Sweetwater Inn restaurant in Moultonboro during the ’80s. “I have a knack for picking out and tweeking recipes to find the perfect combination,” she says. Customers were blown away by her sweet treats, and the couple later opened Love’s Quay in Wolfeboro and a pastry shop called Love Bites. She joined the Co-op pastry team in 2009 with a focus on our specialty desserts, cakes, and tarts. Her favorites here at the Co-op are the White Chocolate Creme Brulee and Almond Ecstasy Tart. “People don’t think of the Co-op for cakes, but they will!” she says, referencing the recent renovation and bakery expansion. She’s glad to leave the stress of business ownership behind, working with a supportive team, and having the freedom to create whatever desserts strike her fancy for our shelves.