Pastry chef Nicolette Foster finds that life is sweet at Michael Smith

With her shy smile and wavy brown hair that falls to her shoulders, 25-year-old Nicolette Foster could still be mistaken for a University of Missouri-Kansas City student. Six years ago, the new pastry chef at Michael Smith was just that – a Kansas City native studying business and planning to attend culinary school in France after graduation.

In 2006, she took a job in the kitchen at McCormick & Schmick’s to help pay for college. In her first few months there, a knife slipped out of an oyster shell, gouging a hole in her hand, and a loose refrigerator door took a slice out of her left eyebrow. She didn’t miss a day of work.

“All we do is play with knives and fire,” Foster says. “The other day, I caught a towel on fire. I just looked down, and it was on fire. It’s never not exciting in a kitchen.”

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