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meet Danielle

Chef Danielle Sepsy is the founder and creative genius behind The Hungry Gnome, the popular and innovative wholesale bakery and catering company based in NYC.  Chef Danielle's love of cooking began at the young age of 13 when she started a home business selling her delicious scones to friends, neighbors, and local cafes. Since then, Danielle has been crowned the “Scone Queen" by devoted fans who rave about “the BEST scones in the universe.”  But Danielle is not a one trick pony—she has become known for many other savory and sweet creations that are playful, unique and downright delicious. You can now find her Hungry Gnome baked goods at hundreds of New York’s most popular coffee shops, restaurants and markets including Joe Coffee and Birch Coffee, while her flair for elegant catering has been the highlight of events held by the likes of Bulgari, Sisley Paris Cosmetics, Kleinfeld’s Bridal and other New York houses of style and sophistication.

Chef Danielle is a graduate of Penn State University’s School of Hospitality Management and The International Culinary Center's Professional Culinary Arts program. She has managed restaurants in some of New York City's most elite, luxury hotels including, The Peninsula Hotel, The Plaza Hotel and the iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotel and was the general manager behind a high-end amenity and event center at the prestigious Park Avenue Tower. She has appeared in cooking segments on nationally-syndicated television programs including Anderson Cooper LiveTamron Hall, Good Morning America, Cheddar News and Inside Edition. She has also performed live and on-demand cooking demonstrations on Food Network Kitchen, Pix11 News and Good Day New York. Her website ChefDanielleSepsy.com is a showcase of her culinary talents and features many of her instructional videos and recipes.

Danielle’s appearance on all 8 episodes of Dan Levy’s “The Big Brunch” on HBO Max has catapulted her culinary career to new heights and has received overwhelmingly positive reviews. Dan Levy himself declared many of Danielle’s creations to be “the best thing I have ever put in my mouth!” Her talent for redefining classic baked, brunch staples was on display as she marched into the finals of this highly successful cooking competition, earning her the title “Fan Favorite” from Thrillist and thousands of new followers and fans.

Many of her social media posts and cooking videos have received over a million views, and she now has over 180,000 engaged followers across several social media platforms including Instagram and TikTok. The growth and loyalty of her community has directly translated into ever increasing e-commerce sales of her baked goods and branded merchandise.

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