Photos by Travis Anderson
Owner/head chef Angel Food Bakery and FrioFrio (a popsicle cart)
Gerdes started her career as an apparel designer and appeared on the third season of Project Runway. Disillusioned by the fashion industry, she chucked it all to become a pastry chef. “As a chef, your main goal is to make people happy through food,” she says. She’s also the only woman in the state of Minnesota with national Level 3 snowboarding instructor certification. “I’ve taught everyone from 4-year-olds to 71-year-olds how to snowboard,” she says. And she’s fed dessert to many Twin Cities charities.