Nik Pugmire Nik Pugmire is a food writer and professional pastry chef with over 15 years of baking and pastry experience. Specialties and expertise include recipe and menu development, wedding cake design, specialty cake decorating, and creating unique, seasonal desserts for restaurant and catering events.Nik works as the executive pastry chef of the Port of Des Moines Event Group and Doré Bakery, located in Des Moines, Iowa. His expertise of desserts and baked items include a wide range from casual, grab-and-go style to elaborate plated desserts, as well as wedding and celebration cakes, and a vast retail operation within the Des Moines Metro area. He is constantly creating and customizing new recipes based on seasonality of ingredients, current culinary trends, and special dietary needs.Nik has also worked in pastry kitchens for major hotels, including The Four Seasons Chicago. He acquired experience in curating dessert items and menus for on-site restaurant, room service, weddings, and special events hosted by the hotel. He also designed banquet and wedding desserts, including custom wedding cakes, based off personal consultations with clients. In addition, he specialized in the creation and design of personalized amenities for celebrity and VIP guests. He trained at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Las Vegas. About Better Homes & Gardens Better Homes & Gardens, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is the only iconic home brand with a 100+ year history of providing trustworthy and achievable ideas for all doers and home-enthusiasts. We are the go-to resource for fresh takes on home, food, and gardening—inspiring people to bring their dreams to life at home on special occasions and every day. BHG reaches 45 million readers each month. Learn more about us and our editorial process.