Janina O'Leary is no stranger to the world of fine pastry. A graduate of The French Culinary Institute with a Grand Diploma in Pastry Arts, O'Leary stepped directly out the classroom and into her training under Laurent Tourendel in 2004 at BLT Prime in New York City. For the next five years, she moved from one high-end kitchen to the next, from Daniel to Per Se and on to Del Posto.
Her talents were in demand outside of the restaurant industry as well. In 2009, she consulted on recipe development and photography for a Martha Stewart cookbook. O'Leary opened New York City's Village Tart as Executive Chef before heading back to her native Texas to assume the position of Executive Pastry Chef at Trace in the W Hotel Austin. She brings her exceptional expertise, passion and discipline to the "conscious cuisine" concept of Trace Austin.