Macarons have mass appeal for their beautiful colors and unique flavors, but for chefs making them for the first time, they can be one of the most intimidating baking projects to master.

Chef Nathaniel Reid of Nathaniel Reid Bakery in St. Louis is here to help. The James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Baker is known for a variety of standout French bakery items, including his Kouign-Amann and Chocolate Almond Croissant, but his colorful macarons are one of the bakery's signature desserts.