Elizabeth Van Gestel
Hailing from Bethesda, Maryland, Elizabeth Van Gestel comes from a long line of bakers. She has always enjoyed being in the kitchen, making treats, and sharing them with others. She was drawn to Dog Tag as it combined two of her passions—food and philanthropy.
Elizabeth holds a certificate in pastry arts from L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, MD. She has worked in restaurants and bakeries for the past 15 years, and volunteered in soup kitchens or other organizations feeding people since her junior year of high school. One of her favorite memories as a baker was serving dessert to then-President Barack Obama and his daughters when they were out celebrating Father’s Day.
During her off time, Elizabeth enjoys walking her dog and traveling with her husband, who is a commercial pilot.
Her favorite baked good is cookies.