Flour Power: Manny Torres

Gallery Pastry’s executive pastry chef rolls out his passion for desserts with professional flair.
Photography by Tony Valainis

Meet Manny. He’s the one overseeing the perfection of every croissant, macaron, and delicate danish as the executive pastry chef over all Gallery Pastry locations. He began his culinary journey as a young child, when he learned the fundamentals of baking from his father. After developing a true passion for pastries, he attended Ivy Tech Community College and graduated with an associate degree in baking and pastry arts. From there, he began a successful career at the original Mamá Inés Mexican Bakery in Lafayette, where he worked for three years before transferring to the Indianapolis location. In Indy, he honed his skills as a professional baker, creating beautiful breads, rolls, cakes, pastries, and other custom desserts.

In 2021, he joined the crew at Gallery Pastry Bar, building on his experience until he entered his current role last summer, which includes managing production for Gallery’s locations, as well as for wholesale and custom client orders. He has created sweets for Disney’s Lorcana video game launch, built dessert boards and printed macarons for Lucas Oil Stadium’s Colts suites and their Kicking the Stigma initiative, and provided pastries to an array of other local businesses and hotels. With his watchful eye on production, he ensures there are delicate desserts and laminated lovelies in Gallery’s pastry cases from downtown to SoBro. 319 E. 16th St., 4573 N. College Ave., 110 S. Pennsylvania St., 317-820-5526, gallerypastry.com