Chef Changes: Tiffany MacIsaac Parts With the Neighborhood Restaurant Group

Birch & Barley, Buzz Bakery, and more will lose their leading pastry lady.

Chefs Tiffany MacIsaac and Kyle Bailey. Photograph by Erik Uecke.

News of a big chef change came today via Tom Sietsema’s chat: Tiffany MacIsaac, the executive pastry chef for the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, is leaving her post after nearly five years. The talented toque was a semifinalist in this year’s James Beard Awards. She is responsible for the pastry programs at NRG spots such as Buzz Bakery, Birch & Barley, GBD, and others. Her husband, Kyle Bailey, remains the executive chef at Birch & Barley.

There’s no definitive word yet on MacIsaac’s next move after she officially leaves in June or on who will replace her. We’ll certainly miss her pretzel breads, crème fraîche biscuits, Campari-grapefruit doughnuts, and much more.

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Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.