Leslie Miller was born and raised in New York City. Every day on her way home from high school, she passed eight bakeries and she would stop inside each one. After graduating from college, she worked in a movie theatre where she sold her brownies and cookies, and they sold faster than the movie tickets. She then moved to the Berkshires in the early 1970s to get some hand’s-on experience. She worked at a bakery near Tanglewood with the idea that she would move back to Boston and open a bakery. She never left.
In 1979, she and Bradford Wagstaff opened an 18th century tavern and inn and later bought an old turn-of-the-century farm called Gedney Farm. The tavern, inn and farm became what is now known as The Old Inn on the Green, where Chef Miller was responsible for the bakery goods for their guests. In the fall of 1992, the Great Chefs television team showed up to tape Chef Miller for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs of the East television series (episode #18).
In 2003, they had hired Great Chef Peter Platt as their executive chef and in 2005, Chef Platt bought out Chef Leslie and her husband, Bradford Wagstaff, so that the couple could retire.