OAKLAND, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Just Desserts, a pioneer in hand-crafted desserts and sweet snacks, today announced the promotion of Chef Terry Watson to Vice President of Culinary for Just Desserts. This promotion recognizes Watson’s contributions to the Just Desserts executive leadership team and expands her role to include consulting on new business development strategy and working with key retail customers on strategic product execution.
Watson came to Just Desserts in August 2012 as a classically trained and award winning pastry chef. She brings deep experience in leading culinary innovation and a passion for raising the bar on American dessert choices. She is classically trained in both the U.S. and Paris, studying at Ecole Lenotre, Plaisir, France, the Culinary Institute of America, and International School of Confectionery. Before joining Just Desserts, Watson was the Corporate Executive Chef at Dawn Foods Inc. where she led culinary innovation for product development and presentation for head chefs at Panera, McDonald's and AuBonPain. In addition to her career as a corporate chef, Watson was a Pastry Chef Instructor for Culinary Arts students at Golden State Culinary Institute. She was also awarded the Gold Medal in the International Culinary Exhibition, commonly known as the “culinary Olympics,” in Erfurt, Germany in 2000. Her storied career provides Watson with valuable business and pastry expertise that will help grow and refine the Just Desserts brand.
“We now have a strong and dynamic leadership team,” said Michael Mendes, CEO of Just Desserts. “Terry Watson, John Wohlgemuth and Leighton Mue each bring unique and critical thinking that will advance our company. Everyone works very well together and I’m certain that our collaborative efforts will produce compelling results for Just Desserts.”
“Working with John Wohlgemuth, VP of Operations, and Leighton Mue, VP of Finance, has given me the ability to be more precise when it comes to sourcing the best ingredients for our products,” said Ms. Watson. “Our combined efforts and individual expertise allow me to fine-tune new creations to fit specific customer needs. By working as partners, we are collectively ensuring the Company is running more efficiently as we continue to develop new products.”
Just Desserts is embarking on a major transformation and the executive team is working together to meet new business goals. With Watson on the team, Just Desserts is poised to be an industry leader with new and innovative products coming to market that will continually raise the gold standard.
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About Just Desserts
Just Desserts is an artisan-inspired baking company that makes premium desserts and wholesome sweet snacks that are sold in grocery and convenience retailers from coast to coast. Just Desserts was founded in San Francisco in 1974 with a passion for making the most delicious desserts that are always hand-crafted and made from quality kitchen pantry ingredients.