As part of Magnolia Bakery’s executive team, Bobbie Lloyd has played an integral role in expanding Magnolia Bakery from its original location in New York City’s West Village to locations worldwide. Bobbie brings her extensive expertise in managing production and operations for a variety of restaurant environments to the Magnolia Bakery team. Bobbie also brings the homemade essence of Magnolia Bakery to customers through the creation of new dessert and cafe menu recipes and perfection of old classic American dessert favorites. In addition to developing Magnolia Bakery’s menu, Bobbie has shared her expertise as a judge on season four of Next Great Baker and as a guest judge on Cupcake Wars.
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Bobbie knew from an early age that cooking was her passion after taking her first cooking class at the age of eight. In her third year of college she made the decision to follow her dream of becoming a chef and moved to Boston to cultivate her formal training at Boston’s famed Modern Gourmet Cooking School, while continuing to develop her trade by working at some of Boston’s top restaurants. Only two years after finishing her culinary training, Bobbie impressively became a founding member and co-owner of American Accent, a critically acclaimed restaurant in Brookline, MA.
Since moving to New York City, Bobbie has held the esteemed position of private chef for Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Klein and worked for the acclaimed Union Square Café, as well as both operations and management roles with Prix Fixe, The Screening Room, Au Café and Tribeca Grill. In addition to her operations roles, Bobbie has honed her retail business experience with “Soup to Nuts Consulting,” which she launched in partnership with Magnolia Bakery’s owner Steve Abrams; It’s a Wrap, NYC’s first gourmet wrap sandwich parlor, co-launched with Steve Abrams; and her demanding role as controller for The Beanstalk Restaurant group (The Red Cat, The Harrison, Mermaid Inn and PACE). In 2006, when Steve Abrams and his wife, Tyra, purchased Magnolia Bakery, Bobbie was the clear choice to bring on as Chief Baking Officer and Operating Partner, bringing her back full circle to her love of baking.