Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Heather Chittum was exposed to a multitude of diverse cuisines which sparked a deeper interest in food. During her four years working on Capitol Hill, Chittum developed a particular interest in fighting poverty and hunger, which led her to Share our Strength, a non-profit dedicated to ending hunger. SOS introduced Chittum to some of the most influential chefs in the United States, and inspired her to revisit her longtime passion for cooking and translate it into a career. As Pastry Chef of Dish and Notti Bianche, Chittum builds desserts that play with sweet and savory seasonal ingredients from local farmers. In dishes like her Big City â€˜Smores, the architectural sensibility learned from mentor Michel Richard at Citronelle, and simple, homey appeal of Lisa Scruggs at Equinox, come together in a playful recreation of the American campfire snack. A shot glass of milk is presented next to a sophisticated tower of bittersweet chocolate and fluff mousse, marshmallow, and buttery tart shell.