“Your problems feel smaller after you eat dessert.”
about chef amber
Classically trained at The Culinard, Amber Croom has worked with, and learned from great chefs throughout her 13 years of experience - mastering her craft and gaining an appreciation for pushing boundaries in search of the extraordinary.Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Amber started off as a Naval Architecture & Marine Engineer in New Orleans, LA. After Hurricane Katrina changed the course of her path, she decided to go to culinary school to pursue her true passion of baking. In 2011, After receiving an internship with Rimini Gelato and Chocolates in Vail, Colorado, she was given her first job - where she learned the fundamentals of artisan gelato and chocolates.
A few years later she went on to be the confectioner for Silver Sea, the acclaimed cruise line known for luxury and opulence. In 2014 Amber then moved back to Birmingham, AL to oversee the pastry department at Bellini’s Ristorante and Bar.
In 2016, Amber competed on season 3 of Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship. She then left the deep south to open the Sagamore Pendry Hotel in Baltimore, MD. She was then offered a chance to return to her first love, chocolate, as the Head Chocolatier at the largest catering company in Washington, D.C.
Now, Amber is all-in on her own brand, And For Dessert. Famous for decadent visuals and innovative flavor palettes, Amber used her pastry prowess on the inaugural season of Food Network’s Chopped Sweets where she came out a champion. She has since been featured on Beat Bobby Flay and most soon can be seen on Fox's Crime Scene Kitchen airing June 5, 2023.
Amber resides in Baltimore, MD and spends most of her free time watching anime, playing animal crossing, eating pizza and making sweet art in her confectionery studio, And For Dessert.