The Donut Chef


In this delicious tale a baker hangs out his shingle on a small street, and soon, the line for his donuts stretches down the block. But it’s not long before the competition arrives and a battle of the bakers ensues. In the competitive frenzy, both bakers’ donuts become “quite bizarre, like Cherry-Frosted Lemon Bar, and Peanut-Brickle Buttermilk, or Gooey Coca-Mocha Silk!” Some are not even very tasty: “Donuts made with huckleberry (don’t be scared, they’re kind of hairy).” One day, Debbie Sue, just barely two, enters the bakery, and searches in vain for her favorite donut, where “the choice of donuts left her dazed. Said Debbie Sue, 'But I want…glazed.'” THE DONUT CHEF is fun lesson in keeping it simple in which our hero chef decides to go back to the basics, and wins over the whole town.


North American publisher: Golden Books

Foreign rights contact: Random House, Sy Sung (

Film rights: Gillian MacKenzie (




“Some books are meant to be tasted…and The Donut Chef appears to be one of them. Mr. Staake’s work is…visually delicious”—Megan Cohen Fox of The Wall Street Journal

“This pro-simplicity parable is told via a funky, funny art style"—Cookie

"Everywhere readers look, there are delectable surprises.” —Publishers’ Weekly (Starred Review)