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Pastry Arts Podcast
32 minutes | 13 days ago
Bianca Bakery: Navigating Operations Post COVID & Beyond
Gianni Vietina is the co-owner and Executive Chef at Bianca, an Italian, Argentinian and French restaurant with bakery in Culver City. Most of Gianni’s earliest memories are of times he spent immersed in hospitality. Gianni’s parents are restaurateurs, so instead of going home after school, he headed to the restaurants in Forte dei Marmi, Tuscany, to cook and help out. In the 1980’s Gianni’s family moved to Los Angeles, where his father opened celebrity acclaimed Madeo Ristorante in Beverly Hills. Gianni’s work at Madeo and his other restaurant ventures around the world (including Saudi Arabia, Italy and the US) is complemented by his passion for wine. He earned his status as a Certified Sommelier (Gold Pin) and taught at the Italian Sommelier Association and the North American Sommelier Association. In 2019 Gianni and his brother, Nicola, partnered with Federico Fernandez to open Bianca, named after their beloved grandmother. As the Executive Chef, Gianni’s menu is an intersection of international flavors inspired by his childhood, his family and the multicultural influences of Los Angeles. Federico Fernandez is the co-owner and Executive Pastry Chef at Bianca. As a child, Federico kindled his passion for baking with his mother in Argentina. He went on to study culinary arts at the International Buenos Aires Hotel & Restaurant School. Thereafter, Federico embarked on his career in the US, including New York’s famed BiCE. Federico worked at hotels including the Intercontinental, Hyatt, Marriott, and then the Four Seasons, where he spent 20-plus years lending his expertise in Uruguay, Argentina, Canada and across the United States. Federico departed his post as the Executive Pastry Chef of the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles to open his own venture, Bianca, with his business partner, Gianni Vietina. At Bianca, Federico embraces the freedom of creativity by recreating classic recipes from his childhood and adding seasonal twists, while taking inspiration from his surroundings and his family. Federico has been a guest on several TV shows such as Taste Show, The Today Show and Iron Chef. In this episode we discuss: The background of Executive Chef Gianni Vietina – born to be a restaurateur The background of Executive Pastry Chef Federico Fernandez – a career working in luxury hotels Opening Bianca restaurant – success! The arrival of COVID-19 and its challenges Focusing on a diversified business plan and pivoting to delivery The importance of cultivating a loyal customer base and catering to their needs And much more!
56 minutes | 2 months ago
Rose Levy Beranbaum: Cookbook Publishing, Ingredients, Tips & More
Known as the ‘Diva of Desserts’, Rose Levy Beranbaum is the author of eleven cookbooks, including her best-selling book The Cake Bible (1988), which was inducted into the International Association of Culinary Professionals Culinary Classics. Her next book, The Cookie Bible, will be published in November of 2021. A luminary in the world of food writing, Rose was a Contributing Editor for over a decade to Food Arts Magazine where "Rose's Sugar Bible" (April 2000) received two prestigious awards: The Association of Food Journalists Award for the Best Food Feature in a Magazine and The Jacob's Creek World Food Award for Best Food Article. She is also a contributor to Food52, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Fine Cooking, Bride's, Reader's Digest, and Hemispheres. Rose has been inducted into the James Beard Foundation/D'Artagnon Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America. In this episode we discuss: How Rose got hooked on baking How she got her first cookbook published Why she made the monumental decision to include weight amounts in her books When to use unbleached vs. bleached flour How she developed her meticulous recipe writing style Rose’s process of writing a cookbook, from idea to finished book Her position on freshly milled flours, farm-fresh eggs and European-style butter Rose’s baking pet peeves And much, much more! ************* This episode is sponsored by Curate a complimentary custom sample pack at https://perfectpuree.com/pastryarts *Offer is complimentary for professional chefs and bakers only.
42 minutes | 3 months ago
Tish Boyle: The Process of Publishing Cookbooks
Tish Boyle is an editor, food writer and cookbook author with expertise in baking, desserts and chocolate. A graduate of Smith College and La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine, Tish has held a variety of positions in the food world, including chef on a luxury barge traveling the canals of France, pastry chef, caterer, food stylist and recipe developer. Tish has written several dessert and baking books including Chocolate Passion (Wiley, 2000), Diner Desserts (Chronicle Books, 2000), The Good Cookie (HMH, 2002), The Cake Book (HMH, 2006) and Flavorful (HMH, 2015). Co-writing credits include Payard Desserts (HMH, 2013) and the Grand Finales series of books. Currently she is the Managing Editor of Pastry Arts Magazine (pastryartsmag.com), host of the Pastry Arts Podcast, and co-founder of pastryathome.com. In this episode, hosted by Shawn Wenner, President and Editor-in-Chief of Pastry Arts magazine, we discuss: How Tish got into the pastry business How she got her first cookbook published Cookbook writing – is it right for you? What goes into a cookbook proposal Two routes: traditional vs. self publishing Funding your book via crowd sourcing site Reflecting on career choices in the pastry business And much more!
49 minutes | 5 months ago
Ed and Natasha Tatton: On Going Vegan & Operating a Vegan Bakery
Originally from Kent, England, Ed Tatton has worked in fine dining kitchens around the world and has been making sourdough since 2008. Ed and his wife Natasha moved to Canada in 2013 to snowboard for a season, and both worked in hospitality, Ed working at farm-to-table restaurant Alta Bistro in Whistler, BC. While taking some shoulder-season leave and working on Vancouver Island farms in the summer of 2014, Ed started a sourdough culture that he took with him back to Alta Bistro and implemented a bread program for the restaurant. In 2016, Ed rented the bistro’s kitchen once a week to make bread for his friends, who subsequently told their friends, and before long demand had increased to a point where Ed had outgrown the equipment. That’s when Ed and Natasha decided to open BReD, a 100% plant-based organic sourdough bread shop in Creekside, Whistler. As committed vegans, it was important for Ed and Natasha to bring that into their business. BReD sells loaves for pick-up in-store and a selection of vegan baked goods. In this episode we discuss: Why Ed and Natasha decided to go vegan Their decision to open their own vegan bakery in Whistler Ed’s process of recipe development and his tips for creating top-level vegan baked goods Ed and Natasha’s commitment to sustainability and how that is reflected at BReD Ed secret for making vegan brownies with a crackly top Ed’s tip on lamination and his quest to create the best vegan croissant And much more!
43 minutes | 6 months ago
Elisa Strauss: From Cake Artist to Owner, Author, Consultant & Teacher
Elisa Strauss founded Confetti Cakes in 2000. She is a graduate of Vassar College and The Institute of Culinary Education, where she received a degree in pastry and baking arts. Elisa also spent one semester studying at the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to culinary school, she worked as a designer for Ralph Lauren. In fact, it was a cake she made for Ralph (in the shape of a Bugatti, his favorite sports car) and the heaps of praise it received from fashion industry notables that inspired her to bring her design talents to the kitchen full-time. Her creations have appeared on the Today show (one of her cakes was selected as the winner of the “Today Throws a Wedding” series), Sex and the City (she made Charlotte and Harry’s wedding cake during Season Six), The View and Martha. Elisa has also been featured on The View, and has appeared over ten times on the Food Network, including the “Extreme Cake Challenge” where she won the grand prize. Confetti Cakes has also been featured in InStyle, Martha Stewart Weddings, Marie Claire, Seventeen, Elle, Vogue, Modern Bride, New York, BRIDES, Elegant Bride, and The Knot. And in 2008 was selected as one of America’s Top Ten Pastry Chef’s in Pastry Art and Design. Elisa’s first book, The Confetti Cakes Cookbook: Spectacular Cookies, Cakes and Cupcakes from New York City’s Famed Bakery, was released in Spring 2007 and is in its sixth printing, while her second book entitled Confetti Cakes for Kids was released in the Fall of 2008. In 2010, Elisa stopped making cakes for clients to focus her business on online tutorials, teaching, product design and special consulting projects. She’s busier than ever working with manufacturers, culinary schools, and television producers. In addition to her work in the kitchen she is an active board member and supporter of Icing Smiles, an organization that provides critically ill children with custom cakes. She also serves on the advisory council at The Institute of Culinary Education. In this episode we discuss: How Elisa got hooked on baking as a child Elisa’s career in fashion, working for Ralph Lauren and Frédéric Fekkai Her experience designing and making Ralph Lauren’s 60th birthday cake The challenges of running a cake business Elisa’s tips and advice for those just entering the cake and pastry business Her most challenging cake project Her shift from making cakes for clients to teaching and consulting And much more!
27 minutes | 7 months ago
David Vidal: From Savory to Pastry, Competitions, Master Classes & Finding Balance
David Vidal was born in Canada, but moved to Malta with this family at the age of 12. His uncle owned a pastry shop there, and the young David worked at the shop after school during the week. He decided to go to culinary school in Malta at the Institute of Tourism Studies and later set out to become a savory chef. His education led him to London where he honed his skills cooking in hotels and restaurants throughout Europe. He and his wife decided to move to his wife’s hometown on the west coast of Sweden, Strömstad, where he became chef at a harborside restaurant at the age of 25. He eventually moved to the Laholmen Hotel in Strömstad, where he currently works as Sous Chef. About five years ago, Vidal began doing pastry again, and posting some of his work on Instagram. The posts of his desserts were so inspirational, that Vidal’s following increased exponentially – today he has over 400,000 followers. Follow him there at @Vidal31. In this episode we discuss: David’s first job in the pastry business Attending culinary school and honing his skills in Europe His decision to become a savory chef Competing with the Culinary Team for West of Sweden at the World Cup 2018 His gradual return to pastry How he became an Instagram sensation Teaching Master Classes in pastry around the world How he balances his work with his home life And much more!
35 minutes | 8 months ago
Dana Herbert: A Talk with “The King of Cakes”
Known as "The Sugar Daddy" and "King of Cakes," Dana Herbert is the Executive Pastry Chef and owner of Desserts by Dana in Newark, Delaware. Chef Dana began his culinary career when he received a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Delaware. He then went on to complete a second Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts and an additional Associates of Arts in Pastry. His first professional cooking job was at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, working the savory side. But he longed to move to pastry, and he got his opportunity soon after, becoming the In-House Pastry Chef for the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott. In 2011 Chef Dana became well known after he won the first season of TLC’s Cake Boss: Next Great Baker. Chef Dana has appeared on countless television programs and has created cakes for some of the world’s biggest names, including Oprah Winfrey, Ice Cube and Jill Biden. For more info, visit www.dessertsbydana.com. In this episode you’ll learn: How Chef Dana’s love of pastry was nurtured as a child How he has dealt with the Covid-19 crisis What it was like to compete and win on Cake Boss: Next Great Baker The biggest challenge of starting his own business The most popular trends in celebration cakes Chef Dana’s biggest career regret His best advice for those just starting their pastry careers And much more!
29 minutes | 9 months ago
Caroline Schiff: Gage & Tollner’s Pastry Chef
Widely known under the moniker @pastryschiff, Caroline is a celebrated pastry chef and culinary consultant based in Brooklyn. She got her start in the restaurant industry a decade ago cooking at The Good Fork, and worked her way up through a number of acclaimed restaurants and bakeries including Mas (la Grillade), Maysville NYC, Kenton's NOLA, and Greene Grape Provisions before coming full circle to work with Sohui and Ben once again as Gage & Tollner’s Pastry Chef. Heralded as one of the “Most Badass Female Chefs in New York” by Thrillist, Caroline has been featured on Beat Bobby Flay, Cosmopolitan, Bon Appétit, Chopped, VICE Munchies and The Untitled Action Bronson Show. Caroline’s signature gravity-defying hairdo is outsized only by her enormous heart; in her spare time you can find her either supporting charitable causes or running a marathon. In this episode, you’ll learn: How an out-of-control sweet tooth and a year in France convinced Caroline to pursue a career as a pastry chef How she turned an internship into a full-time job cooking on the line How she came by the moniker of being one of the “Most Badass Female Chefs in New York” How she landed the coveted position of Pastry Chef at the highly anticipated Gage & Tollner restaurant in Brooklyn, and what her plans are for the dessert menu About her involvement with Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen in New York, and the importance of giving back to the community How she deals with the stress of working long days in the kitchen And much more!
27 minutes | 9 months ago
Karim Bourgi: Creativity, Inspiration, Garnishes & More
Born in Senegal of Lebanese parents, Karim Bourgi moved to Paris at the age of 16. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu Paris in 2001, he began his career in Beirut at La Cigale, followed by Laduree Paris Champs Élysée, Makyan Traiteur, Goû Beirut, and Fauchon Paris in Dubai. Currently, he is the head pastry chef of Al Mana Group, and the regional development and creation chef for La Maison du Chocolat Paris. He believes that excellence is achieved by virtue of persistence and surrendering to true passion in pastry. In this episode we discuss: Chef Bourgi’s pastry training His creative process Where he gets his inspiration for new desserts His philosophy on garnishes Key considerations for designing dessert décor Thoughts on the Covid-19 crisis And more! Get your free 4-day pass to the Pastry Summit at www.pastrysummit.com!
52 minutes | 10 months ago
Jenny McCoy: From Chicago’s Top Restaurants to Cookbooks & Canelés
After attending the Baking and Pastry Program at Chicago’s Kendall College, Jenny McCoy landed positions in a variety of Chicago’s top restaurants, including Charlie Trotter’s, Blackbird, Gordon and Bittersweet Bakery. It was in these kitchens where Jenny learned to refine her palate and develop her talent for composing seasonal desserts. Following her formative experiences in fine dining, Jenny took a brief hiatus from professional baking to travel and complete a BA in Food Writing at DePaul University. When Jenny returned to the pastry kitchen, she oversaw three restaurant pastry departments for Emeril Lagasse, as well as contribute weekly to the Cooking Blog at Emerils.com. While working at Emeril's Delmonico, Jenny was a nominee for the PastryScoop.com Best Dessert Menu Award in 2006. It wasn’t long, however, before she felt the pull of New York City’s vibrant culinary scene. In New York, she headed the pastry departments of top restaurant including Marc Forgione, A Voce and Tom Colicchio’s Craft, which earned three stars from The New York Times during her tenure. Jenny was also a pastry instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York from 2010 to 1018, and is the author of Desserts for Every Season (Rizzoli, 2013) and Modern Eclairs (HMH, 2016). Jenny’s newest venture is Recette, a bakery that sells handmade pastries such as French canelés at farmers’ markets and occasional pop-ups in Chicago. In this episode you’ll learn about: How Jenny got hooked on pastry and baking Her experiences working in some of Chicago’s top restaurants Her hiatus from pastry when she traveled to broaden her culinary horizons Running the pastry departments of three Emeril Lagasse restaurants in NOLA Moving to NYC and earning three stars from the NY Times at Craft How she co-founded Cissé Trading Company, a line of hot cocoa and baking mixes Her experience writing two dessert cookbooks All about Recette, her latest baking adventure And much more!
40 minutes | a year ago
Christopher Curtin: The Journey of a Master Chocolatier
Chris Curtin’s journey to the top of the chocolate world started more than three decades ago, in Madison, Wisconsin, where, following his success as a nationally ranked cross-country skier, he found his next challenge in the kitchen. He enrolled at the renowned New England Culinary Institute in Vermont, but soon left to forge an even more rigorous path of independent study—he was accepted to live as a pâtissier at the Compagnons du Devoir, the premier guild for artisan craftsmen in France, and subsequently became the first American to earn the title of Konditormeister, or Master Pastry Chef and Chocolatier, in Cologne, Germany. Immersed in the realm of the world’s top chocolate makers, Chris continued honing his knowledge under some of the world’s great chocolate makers in Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Japan—legendary producers like Confiserie Bachmann in Switzerland, Confiserie Coppeneur in Germany, Herman Van Dender and Pierre Marcolini in Belgium, and Poire in Japan—where he had the privilege of sharing in confectionery’s greatest secrets and techniques. Having mastered the art and techniques of Europe’s finest chocolates, he returned to the U.S. in 2004 and founded Éclat Chocolate, where his craftsmanship rivals that of the Old World’s most storied houses. In this episode, you’ll learn: His jump from cross-country skiing to culinary Why he left culinary school to train in Europe The inspiration for opening his chocolate business Collaborations with celebrity chefs and chocolate colleagues Chris’s favorite piece of equipment in his shop Differences between European and American chocolatiers The chocolate trend Chris wants gone And much, much more!
38 minutes | a year ago
Robert Wemischner: The Fundamentals of Pastry Techniques
Food writer, pastry chef and culinary educator, Robert Wemischner has always been intrigued by the flavor potential of ingredients, from turmeric to tea and from cumin to coffee. The author of four books, including The Dessert Architect (a book for professionals and serious amateurs alike about how to craft sensational multicomponent desserts), Wemischner began his career to great media acclaim in the food business in the early 70’s as the owner of a pioneering gourmet-to-go shop in Beverly Hills. He then went on to open a similar operation in Baltimore, and in the early 90’s, returned to LA and began teaching pastry and culinary arts in earnest. Drawing upon his exposure to classical cooking at a young age through informal apprenticeships to chefs in France, he has been imparting his knowledge to a diverse audience of students as a teacher of baking and pastry for the past 30 years at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. He also does presentations on cooking with tea, baking, pastry and other food-related topics to professional organizations, and at tea festivals and conferences including the World Tea Expo and the LA International Tea Festival, among others. He has been a regular contributor to Pastry Arts Magazine, Pastry Chef and National Culinary Review magazines. He also writes a regular column for a preeminent tea blog Tching (tching.com), about the culinary uses of tea. In this episode: How the young Robert got into some of the best kitchens in France to learn cooking His time owning and operating a gourmet to-go shop in Beverly Hills and Baltimore How he transitioned into teaching and food writing How to develop a balanced restaurant dessert menu that makes sense The importance of using baker’s math in recipes Robert’s tip for making perfect Italian meringue Robert’s tips on making and piping pate a choux And lots more tips on techniques, including lamination, macarons and cakes!
40 minutes | a year ago
Charity George: The Sugar Sorceress behind Netflix’s Nailed It!
Chef Charity George – known as The Sugar Sorceress – is a pastry chef and cake artist in San Diego, CA. She specializes in chocolate and sugar art, with particular regard for wedding cakes, as well as specialty and extreme cakes. She has also specialized in baking and cooking for those with food allergies and sensitivities. Charity owns d’Zrt Cake Studio in La Mesa, CA. Charity is also on the Board of Directors for Icing Smiles, a non-profit organization that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by the critical illness of a child. Charity is the “secret chef” on the extremely popular Netflix show Nailed It! – she’s the pro who creates all of the cakes that the competitors then have to replicate. Charity has also been a judge at numerous cake shows and contests, and has taught sugar arts across the country to sold out workshops. In this episode, you’ll learn about: How Chef Charity got hooked on baking as a child Why she left a prestigious culinary school in Paris after three months Where she learned the skills necessary to create ‘extreme’ decorated cakes How she landed on her first tv show How she became the ‘secret chef’ behind the cake creations on Netflix’s Nailed It! Her involvement with Icing Smiles, an organization that brings cakes to the families of critically ill children The time she had to act as a secret service agent to protect one of her cakes And much more!
61 minutes | a year ago
Florian Bellanger: From Fauchon to Food Network & Mastering Maracons
Florian Bellanger is a pastry chef and co-owner of Mad Mac Macarons, "the Authentic French Macarons and Madeleines." Mad Mac serves the retail, food service, and hospitality industries, and has been recognized as a leader in quality and innovation in the macaron industry. Before starting his own company, Bellanger was the Executive Pastry Chef at Fauchon, and oversaw 24 other pastry chefs at its Tea Salon flagship store in New York City. Chef Bellanger was named one of the 10 Best Pastry Chefs in America in 2003 and 2004 by Pastry Art & Design magazine. In 2000 and 2001, the James Beard Foundation acclaimed Bellanger's accomplishments with a nomination for "Outstanding Pastry Chef." He has been featured on many networks, including CNN, NBC, Food Network, and Martha Stewart Living, and served as a judge on the Food Network’s competition series Cupcake Wars. Chef Bellanger will also be a judge on the upcoming show Buddy vs. Duff, also on the Food Network. Bellanger is a member of City Harvest's Food Council, and spends his free time donating to charities such as C-CAP Careers Through Culinary Arts Program, CCAP, the Wolfgang Puck Charity and the Jean-Louis Palladin Foundation. In this episode you’ll learn about: How Chef Bellanger landed the job that every other pastry chef wanted His experience as opening Pastry Chef at Fauchon in Qatar His first opportunity in the U.S. – Executive Pastry Chef at Le Bernardin Opening the Fauchon flagship store in NYC Becoming an entrepreneur: finding his niche and opening Mad Mac How he became a Food Network star along the way And much, much more!
33 minutes | a year ago
Lauren V. Haas: From the White House to Teaching the Next Gen of Pastry Pros
Lauren V. Haas is an Associate Professor for the International Baking and Pastry Institute at Johnson & Wales University. In addition to her role at Johnson & Wales, Lauren works with John E. Koerner & Co. as the U.S.A. technical advisor for 100% Chef and TouFoods, and is a member of the prestigious Cacao Barry Ambassador's Club. Prior to joining the faculty at Johnson & Wales University, Lauren honed her pastry skills at some of the country’s most esteemed establishments, including the residence at the White House, Albert Uster Imports, the Hotel du Pont, and the Inn at Little Washington. Lauren’s interest in sustainability led her to pursue a master’s in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College, and she also holds a bachelor of science in Baking & Pastry Arts from Johnson & Wales University. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including So Good: The Magazine of Haute Pâtisserie, American Cake Decorating, and Pastry Chef. In 2016, Dessert Professional Magazine named Lauren one of the Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America. Well versed in the foundations of classical pastry and emerging techniques and trends, Lauren’s passion is educating students and pastry professionals in the art and science of pastry. For more information, visit www.laurenvhaas.com. In this episode, you’ll learn about: How Lauren landed her first job in pastry Her first Executive Pastry Chef position: making high-end, Indian inspired desserts Making desserts for foreign dignitaries at The Blair House in Washington, D.C. Working as a consulting pastry chef at The White House Focusing on chocolate work at Co Co Sala in D.C. Her position as Corporate Assistant Pastry Chef at Albert Uster Imports Switching gears: becoming an Associate Professor at Johnson & Wales University And much more!
32 minutes | a year ago
Nathaniel Reid: The Path to Becoming a Dessert Entrepreneur
Nathaniel Reid is the chef and owner of Nathaniel Reid Bakery in Kirkwood, Missouri. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris with a Grand Diploma in Culinary and Pastry Arts, Chef Reid worked in top pastry kitchens around the world, including Michelin 3-star restaurant, Joël Robuchon, in Las Vegas and the AAA Five Diamond St. Regis hotel in California. In August 2016, his longtime dream to own his pastry shop became a reality with the opening of Nathaniel Reid Bakery. With his namesake brand, Reid takes thoughtful consideration into every detail of the guest experience. Each guest is greeted with a friendly, professional welcome as they are guided through his carefully curated menu of pastries and confections. From the twelve flavors of macarons to the spellbinding specialty cakes to the perfectly executed croissants and French pastries, each offering showcases Reid’s care for quality ingredients and expert technique. He built his bakery to be a place for the community and, in just a short amount of time, it has become just that – a community bakery led by a man with a superior talent and an even bigger heart. In this episode, you’ll discover: Why Nathaniel switched his studies from biology to pastry His decision to move to Paris to attend Le Cordon Bleu Overcoming a setback, when a promised job in NYC didn’t materialize Working on the opening pastry team at Joel Robuchon in Las Vegas His first gig as an Executive Pastry Chef at the St. Regis Monarch Beach His position at Norman Love Confections in FL Nathaniel’s tip for making perfect pâte à choux And much more!
34 minutes | 2 years ago
Joanne Chang: James Beard Award Winning Baker Recalls Her Entire Career
A graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics, Joanne Chang left a career as a management consultant to enter the world of professional cooking. She is the chef and co-owner of Flour Bakery + Café, with eight locations in the Boston area, and Myers + Chang. She is the 2016 winner of the James Beard award for Outstanding Baker and the author of four acclaimed cookbooks, including her newest, Pastry Love (HMH, 2019). In this episode, you’ll discover: What prompted Joanne to leave a career as a management consultant to work in a kitchen How she landed her first restaurant job at Biba in Boston Getting a foundation in pastry at Bentonwood Bakery Working on the opening team at Payard Patisserie in NYC for a year Becoming pastry chef at Mistral in Boston How she came to open her first Flour Bakery + Cafe Her new book, Pastry Love, and which recipes you absolutely, positively need to make And lots more!
43 minutes | 2 years ago
Kriss Harvey: Life of an Award-Winning Chocolatier
Named one of America’s Top 10 Pastry Chefs in 2017, Chef Kriss Harvey has worked in the pastry departments of some of the country’s finest establishments, including The Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C., NoMi in the Park Hyatt Chicago and at Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas. Before coming to andSons Chocolatiers, Kriss was the Executive Pastry Chef at The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. Kriss trained under some of the world’s most highly regarded chefs. He began his career in the U.S. at the famed Cacao Barry Chocolate Academy near Philadelphia, spending time under the tutelage of Master Chocolatier Pascal Janvier. With a desire to fine-tune his knowledge in French pastry, Kriss moved to Paris where he studied with legendary pastry chefs Christophe Felder at the Hôtel de Crillon and MOF Emmanuel Ryon of École Gastronomique Bellouet Conseil. He staged under Spanish pastry chef Oriol Balaguer. He also studied with MOF chocolatier and candy maker Pierre Mirgalet. As a testament to his devotion to chocolate, Kriss has the chemical formula for theobromine tattooed on his right arm. In this episode, you’ll discover: How Kriss got hooked on pastry His time in Europe, and what he learned from some pastry greats Landing a job with Chef Jose Andres Making the move to andSons Chocolatiers Kriss’s best chocolate tip His best piece of advice for aspiring pastry chefs The story of his tattoos And lots more! This episode is sponsored by: Savencia Cheese USA: Creator of the revolutionary new Smithfield Pourable Cream Cheese. Created for chefs, by chefs, the pourable cream cheese eliminates the need to heat, bring to room temperature or paddle and is made with all-natural ingredients, no additives or fillers and whips beautifully to save you time. It’s time to rethink cream cheese. Find out more at: https://savenciafoodserviceusa.com/
37 minutes | 2 years ago
Marina Sousa: The Story of an Extraordinary Cake Designer
Marina Sousa is owner, pastry chef and designer of Just Cake, located in the Monterey Bay area of California. Just Cake opened in January 2003, and since that time Marina has quickly earned recognition for her impeccable style and the unmatched quality of her cakes. Her work has been featured in several national magazines including InStyle, Brides, Modern Bride, The Knot, Today’s Bride, GO Wedding Style and People. Brides magazine featured her as one of the country’s top 50 sugar artists, and she was named on the "Top Ten Cake Designers" list by Desert Professional Magazine. Marina is often seen on Food Network where she has repeatedly clinched first place finishes on Food Network Challenge, and has even served as a judge on the show. She also impressively battled to the end of Food Network-Last Cake Standing series. Marina was a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show: Biggest Stars of Reality TV episode, building a jaw dropping eleven foot tall hanging chandelier cake confection. One of her favorite appearances was on Fantasy Weddings where she had the honor of making the wedding cake for her friend and Food Network star, Keegan Gerhard. She’s also enjoyed the privilege of designing cakes for high-profile celebrities and celebrity events including wedding cakes for Brad Pitt/Jennifer Aniston and Raquel Welch. She regularly creates cakes for Clint Eastwood’s resort properties in Carmel and his private country club Tehama. She also made a sweet 16 cake for actress and singer Miley Cyrus during one of her wins on Food Network Challenge. When she’s not in her kitchen, Marina is traveling the world teaching others her craft at prestigious institutions including The Culinary Institute of America, The Notter School of Pastry Arts and The French Pastry School in Chicago. She’s also designed her own line of sugar bead and button molds called Marina’s Molds. The sugar beads are her original designs, and the first of their kind in the sugar arts world bringing edible bling to a whole new level. In this episode, you’ll discover: Her first career in theatrical design Getting hooked on cake decorating at her first job How she started her own business, Just Cake Winning big on the Food Network Challenges The time she made a cake for Oprah and presented it on her show Her online classes on BluPrint How to deal with clients successfully Inherent challenges of the cake decorating profession And way more! This episode is sponsored by: Savencia Cheese USA: Creator of the revolutionary new Smithfield Pourable Cream Cheese. Created for chefs, by chefs, the pourable cream cheese eliminates the need to heat, bring to room temperature or paddle and is made with all-natural ingredients, no additives or fillers and whips beautifully to save you time. It’s time to rethink cream cheese. Find out more at: https://savenciafoodserviceusa.com/
26 minutes | 2 years ago
Clarice Lam: International Model Turned Decorated Pastry Chef
After more than 10 years as an international model, Chef Clarice Lam stepped off the runway and into New York City’s best kitchens donning chef’s whites. Using her access to the world’s hotspots as a stepping-stone, she pursued her education at Le Cordon Bleu in Italy and The French Culinary Institute in New York. Her travels through food and fashion capitals like Paris, London, New York City, and Los Angeles inspire her baking to this day. With experience at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery and Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spice Market, she honed the skills to thrive in her second career. In 2012, Clarice launched The Baking Bean, an oven-to-door bakery specializing in all-natural desserts and confections based in Brooklyn, NY. Focusing on seasonality and using only the highest-quality ingredients from around the world, Chef Lam provides one-of-a-kind pastries and desserts, including Giant S’mores, Samoan Caramel Popcorn, Salted Caramel Rice Krispy Brownies, Strawberry Nutella Cookies, and much more. With original and pure flavor combinations that The New York Times calls “high-quality and handsome,” The Baking Bean can be found year-round in local pop-up markets and in various NYC restaurants, museums, and stores. In this episode, you’ll discover: How Clarice nurtured her love of pastry while working as an international model The accident that threatened to derail her baking career How she overcame adversity by sheer determination and grit Building a foundation for her second career at Le Cordon Bleu and the French Culinary Institute Honing her skills at top restaurants and bakeries Working as Head Chef at The Chocolate Room in Brooklyn How Clarice made the gradual transition from part-time entrepreneur to a full-time business owner And lots more! This episode is sponsored by: Savencia Cheese USA: Creator of the revolutionary new Smithfield Pourable Cream Cheese. Created for chefs, by chefs, the pourable cream cheese eliminates the need to heat, bring to room temperature or paddle and is made with all-natural ingredients, no additives or fillers and whips beautifully to save you time. It’s time to rethink cream cheese. Find out more at: https://savenciafoodserviceusa.com/foodservice/domestic-foodservice/pourable-cream-cheese.html
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