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Chef Interviews

Stephen Durfee
Jean-Jacques Granet

Luis Amado
Flavio Federico


Soft Banana Cake with Yogurt Sorbet and Chicory Glaze
Strawberry Gelee, Yuzu Yoghurt Mousse
Avacado Ice Cream
Pistachio Florentine
Pan De Elote (Sweet Corn Bread)

Photo Galleries

The Making of a Sugar Showpiece
Pastillage Showpieces
Airbrushing Pastilage
2007 National Team Pastry Championship
2006 World Team Pastry Championship
2006 World Team Pastry Championship (degustation)
2005 National Team Pastry Championship
2007 Culinary Casting Challenge
Stephane Treand MOF Sugar Casting Class
Susan Notter Calligraphy Casting Demo
Chris Northmore CMPC Plated Desserts
Stephane Treand MOF Air Brushing Demo
2008 Sugar Art Casting Challenge
2008 World Team Pastry Championship petit gateauPlated dessert Photos from the 2008 World Team Pastry Championships
More photos of chocolate and sugar showpieces from the Championship
Petit Gateaux pastry photos from the 2008 World Team Pastry Championships
Team Work Photos from the 2008 World Team Pastry Championships
Entremet photo gallery for the 2008 World Team Pastry Championships

News Stories

Callebaut Demo by Chef Derrick Tu Tan Pho

Luc beaudet modern petit fours

Artisan Bread seminar with Patrick Jacquot of the croissant Bakery

Geoffrey Blount wins the Joseph Amendola Outstanding Member Award

Heather Hurlbert Named Southeast ACF PAstry Chef of the Year

Results are in from The 2008 Sugar Art Casting Challenge

The Sugar Art Casting Challenge Promo

Pastry in Europe is now available

Lionel Clement from the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, has won the USA national selection for the World Chocolate Masters

Chef En-Ming Hsu named Chef Instructor at the Fench Pastry School.

Dimitri Fayard named Chef Instructor at the Fench Pastry School.

Results for the 2008 National Bread and Pastry Championship that took place in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Winners and more info about the Asian Pastry Cup

Blown Sugar photos and technique overview featuring Laurent Branlard

Naomi MIzuno Is the 2007 World Chocolate Masters Winner

Designs chocolate hat for the World Chocolate Masters Competition



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Pastry Live

Purchase your 3 day pass for Pastry Live

August 25th, 26th and 27th, Sunday through Tuesday, at the Retreat at Perimeter Summit in Atlanta, Ga.

Photos from Pastry Live

Pastry Live Results

The National Showpiece Championship:

Piece By Daniel Keadle & Craig ChamberlainBest Overall Showpiece/Most Excellent Showpiece:
Best Chocolate Showpiece:
Team Captain Daniel Keadle
& Craig Chamberlain

Piece by Gonzalo Jimenez & David LewisBest Artistry:
Team Captain Gonzalo Jimenez
& David Lewis

Piece by Oscar Ortega & Alejandro LechugaBest Sugar Showpiece:
Audience Choice Award:
Team Captain Oscar Ortega
& Alejandro Lechuga

Piece By Joshua Cain & Sheldon MillettCompetitor’s Choice Award:
Team Captain Joshua Cain
& Sheldon Millett

Chocolatier of the Year 2012

1st Place Chocolatier, Jermoe Jacob1st Place and Pastry Live’s Chocolatier of the Year:
Jerome Jacob 
of Bellagio Resort Hotel and Casino

2nd Place Chocolatier, Melissa Coppel2nd Place:
People’s Choice Award:
Melissa Coppel 
of Jean-Marie Auboine Chocolates

3rd Place Chocolatier, Frederic Loraschi3rd Place:
Frederic Loraschi 

The Art of Cake 2012

1st Place Cake by Dawn Joy Stoika

First Place:
Dawn Joy Stoika
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center

2nd Place Cake by Dawn Davis

Second Place:
Dawn Davis
Dawn Bakes Cakes

3rd Place Cake by Valentin Garcia

Third Place:
Valentin Garcia
The Bleeding Heart Bakery

 Pastry U a listing of Baking and Pastry Culinary Schools


The2011 Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie/World Pastry Cup winner is Spain. Italy second and Belgium Third

more info

The U.K. Chocolate Dessert of the year Competition has just been announced.

get details here

The winner of the Dutch World Chocolate Masters pre-selection is Frank Haasnoot.

Pastry Chef Frank Haasnoot

full story here

World Chocolate Masters USA Winners are announced

Overall Winner Chef Sylvain Bortolini From THe Bellagio Hotel in LAs Vegas. Chef Bortoloni will go on to represent the USA in the World Chocolate Masters in chocolate masters

Best Degustation : Chef Frederic Loraschi
Best Showpiece : Chef Sylvain Bortolini
Third place : Chef Stephen Durfee
Second place : Chef Frederic Loraschi

The competitors are as follows:

Orlando Santos, pastry chef at The Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh
Richard Ruskell, executive pastry chef at the Montage Beverly Hills hotel in California
Frederic Loraschi, chocolatier and owner of Chocolat Frederic Loraschi LLC in Hummelstown, Pa.
Jove Hubbard, executive pastry chef at the James Hotel in Chicago
Naomi Gallego, executive pastry chef at the Fairmont Hotel in Pittsburgh
Stephen Durfee, pastry chef instructor at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, Calif.
Sylvain Bortolini, assistant executive pastry chef at Bellagio Las Vegas.

get the chef's bio's here


presented by PreGel

Overall winner Ron Paprocki of Gordon Ramsay at The London New York, NY

Second Place goes to Chris Ford of Trummers on Main Clifton, VA

Round 1 Winners
Maximo Carmona Rivera of Lacroix Restaurant Philadelphia, PA
Chris Ford of Trummers on Main Clifton, VA
Ian Gresik of Drago Centro Los Angeles, CA
Kei Hasegawa of Sashi Manhattan Beach, CA
Jim Hutchison of Foxwood Resorts Norwich, CT
Jiho Kim of L'Espalier Boston, MA
Ron Paprocki of Gordon Ramsay at The London New York, NY
Ramon Perez of David Myers Group Los Angeles, CA
Toni Roberts of C-HouseChicago, IL
Yulanda Santos of Dry Creek Kitchen Healdsburg, CA


Winners were announced for the USA world Cup Pastry Team!

Jean Francois Suteau from Beverly Hills Hotel in LA
Bill Foltz, from L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort
Frania Mendivil, form Beverly Hilton in LA
The alternate is Yoni Morales, from New York New York in Las Vegas

The tryouts for the World Pastry Cup U.S. Team Tryouts (La Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie) team were held at Grand Rapids Community College's Secchia Institute for Culinary Education on Saturday, April 17. GRCC Professor Gilles Renusson is currently the President of the U.S. Pastry World Cup team

Judges included : Stephane Treand MOF, Gabriel Paillasson MOF, Kerry Vincent, and Ewald Notter


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More information to come soon!

The 2010 Asian Pastry Cup

Results are in for the Paris Gourmet 21st annual US Pastry Competition  held at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York City

1st place winner is Nathaniel Reid of the St. Regis Hotel in Dana Point, Calif
2nd Place went to Salvatore Settepani of Pasticceria Bruno in Dongan Hills
3rd place went to Andrew Chlebana of Joliet Junior College in Illinois,
4th place and honorable mention went to Jean Jacques Granet of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The theme was , "The Olympics: Winter Games”


world chocolate masters participants

19 of the world's best chocolatiers will compete.
This year's theme is Haute Couture

heather Hurlbert CEPCAtlanta's Heather Hurlbert named National Pastry Chef of the Year at 2009 ACF National Convention in Orlando,Fla.

Heather Hurlbert, of Atlanta, received the American Culinary Federation, Inc.,(ACF) 2009 National Pastry Chef of the Year Award at the 2009 ACF National Convention held at the Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, Fla. July 11–14.

full story

Team Chowdhury wins The 2009 National Team Pastry Championship

 Results are in for the 2009 Team Dewitt Placing Chocolate Showpiece
National Team Pastry Championships.

First Place: Team Chowdhury
Second Place: Team DeWitt
Third Place: Team Dadzie
Best Chocolate Showpiece: Team Dewitt
Best Sugar Showpiece: Team Salazar
Best Overall Table: Team Salazar
Best Degustation: Team Chowdhury
Sportsmanship award: Team Millican

More Photos and Info



may 06 2009


Presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters

The winner is Gina DePalma Babbo, NYC

Also nominated were:
Kamel Guechida-  Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel& Casino, Las Vegas
Pichet Ong-  P*ong, NYC
Nicole Plue-  Redd, Yountville, CA
Mindy Segal-  Mindy's HotChocolate, Chicago

more info

Top Ten Pastry Chef winners announced

Dominique Ansel Restaurant DANIEL, New York, NY Richard Capizzi Per Se and Bouchon Bakery, New York, NY Lincoln Carson Mina Group Restaurants, Las Vegas, NV Jemal Edwards Do & Co International Caterers, New York, NY Robert Ellinger, CMB, CEPC Baked To Perfection, Port Washington, NY Jennifer Fournier ALEX and STRATTA Wynn Las Vegas Resort, Las Vegas, NV Raymond Lammers Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City, UT Deborah Racicot Gotham Bar and Grill, New York, NY Alfred Stephens Olives NY at the W Hotel Union Square, New York, NY Alex Stupak WD-50, New York, NY


The Winners of the 2009 20th Annual U.S. Pastry Competition
for the Pastry Chef of the Year are as follows:

Pastry Chef of the Year
Ajith AJ Saputhanthri - Russo's on the Bay,Howard Beach, NY
Prize: $4000.00 - Gold Medal - Silver Plaque
Second Place
Salvatore Settepani - Pasticceria Bruno Bakery & Restaurant,Staten Island, NY
Prize: $2500.00 - Silver Medal
Third Place
Andrew Chlebana - Joliet Junior College,Joliet, IL
Prize: $1000.00 - Bronze Medal
Honorable Mention
Naomi Gallego - Four Seasons Hotel Austin, TX
Prize: $750.00 - Trophy

Also participating were: John Quinn, Monica Ng, Jerome Le Teuff, Jose Manuel Hernandez, Gary O'Hanlon,
Julie Jangali, Gary O'Hanlon, Stephen Durfee, Thierry Aujard


Mar. 12 2009

FRANCE is the winner of the 2009 11th World Pastry Cup

France World Cup entremet

Jerome DE OLIVEIRA, Jerome LANGILLIER et Marc RIVIERE were presented with the World Pastry Cup trophy,the gold medal and also with 12,000 euros in prize money. ITALY came in second : Giancarlo CORTINOVIS, Alessandro DALMASSO et Domenico LONGO were presented with the Silver medal and also with 7,000 euros in prize money.BELGIUM came in third : Alain VANDERMISSEN, François GALTIER et Raphaël GIOT were presented with the Bronze Medal, and also with 4,000 euros in prize money.Japan was the winner of the best chocolate showpiece. Team USA was the winner of the best Ice Sculpture


The All Time Favorite Chocolate Showpiece winner

As voted on by our members and visitors is the Team USA 2007 chocolate showpiece piece done at the National Championships in Nasville USA done by Stephane Treand MOF. The showpiece features a life sized all time favorite chocolate showpiecechocolate guitar with an airbrushed painting of Tim McGraw. The second place winner was Team Japan's 2008 showpiece from The world Team Pastry Championships. Voters were asked to vote for their favorite chocolate showpiece from a selection of six showpieces. The voting was very close and Japan came in second by just a couple of votes. there was a bit of controversy as votes were still coming in past the Dec 31st deadline. In the final ruling votes recieved past the deadline were not counted. Votes received after 12/31 were not counted.Thanks to everyone who voted and congratulations to Chef Treand.


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