2014 Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America by Dessert Professional Magazine

Sculpture for top 10 pastry chefs

I know that I mentioned last week that Brooklyn Uncorked is one of my favorite food events of the year.  Well, another annual gathering about which I get equally excited is the Dessert Professional Magazine Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America ceremony and dessert tasting, which was held this past Monday night.  I have a massive sweet tooth, and, as I generally work on the savory side of the kitchen, getting to eat and see incredible confections from some of the country’s (and the world’s) most talented pastry chefs is a real treat.  For one evening, I get to hang out in Willie Wonka’s workshop!

Richard Grausman - 2014 HonoreeRichard Grausman – Founder & Chairman of C-CAP

Before the dessert tasting starts, however, there is the awards ceremony which recognizes the hard work and dedication of all of the chefs who were selected.  In the audience, I spotted some past winners, maybe a few potential future nominees, as well as other well-known pastry chefs.  Each year, too, one person is recognized for his or her significant contribution to the industry.  This year, Richard Grausman, the Founder and Chairman of C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts Program), was inducted into the Hall of Fame.  He also announced that, starting in 2015, his organization would be awarding an annual scholarship to be applied to any pastry and baking program at The Institute of Culinary Education (the event host).

Table with mixing bowlsMixing bowls from KitchenAid engraved with each chef’s name

After the formal part of the program, we get to visit each of the kitchens where the chefs have set up their tables laden with desserts for us to taste.  Do I really eat all of this dessert?  Well, honestly, I try to sample most of them.  It does get to be a bit overwhelming sometimes.  Fortunately, I found a few friends who were willing to share plates with me, so none of us was completely overloaded with sugar.  I also captured some pictures of the prep and plating of the desserts, which are visible on my slideshow below.  As this was also the 21st anniversary of the event, cocktails as well as sweets were served at many of the stations.

Georges Berger, MOF, Owner of Chocolate Fashion (FL)

Georges Berger - sign

Georges Berger - Pistachio Brittle & White Peach Mousse

Georges Berger - White Peach-Vodka Cocktail

Ebow Dadzie, Pastry Chef at NY Marriott Marquis and Pastry Instructor at Monroe College (NY)

Ebow Dadzie - sign

Ebow Dadzie - Coconut Lime Dacquoise w Mango Olive Jelly, Banana Lime Sorbet

Ebow Dadzie - Sorrel beverage

Della Gossett, Executive Pastry Chef at Spago (CA)

Della Gossett - signDella Gossett - White Chocolate Crottin with Surinam Cherry Preserve

Katzie Guy-Hamilton, F&B Director and Corporate Pastry Chef at Max Brenner Worldwide (NY)

Katzie Guy-Hamilton - sign

Katzie Guy-Hamilton - Suntory Chocolate Torte

Katzie Guy-Hamilton - chilled chocolate drink

Cher Harris, Executive Pastry Chef at The Hotel Hershey (PA)

Cher Harris - sign

Cher Harris - Mandarin n' Chocolate Hazelnut Sponge

Joshua Johnson, Executive Pastry Chef at Vanilla Patisserie (IL)

Joshua Johnson - sign

Joshua Johnson - Chocolate Mousse Chocolate Cremeux Cherry Compote Chocolate Pound Cake

Joshua Johnson - corn macaron with jalapeno jelly, corn cream, arugula

Ghaya Oliveira, Executive Pastry Chef at Restaurant Daniel (NY)

Ghaya Oliveira - sign

Ghaya Oliveira - The Cherry Tart

Derek Poirier, École du Grand Chocolate Pastry Chef Western USA – Valrhona USA (AZ)

Derek Poirier - sign

Derek Poirier - To The Five Boroughs

Derek Poirier - Chocolate Cocktail

Rudi Weider, Master Pastry Chef at Hilton San Diego Bayfront (CA)

Rudi Weider - sign

Rudi Weider - Chocolate Espresso Creme Brulee

Jennifer Yee, Executive Pastry Chef at Lafayette (NY)

Jennifer Yee - sign

Jennifer Yee - eclair display

2014 Top 10 Chefs Dessert Pro Mag2014 Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America

For my re-caps of the event the previous for the previous two years, please visit these links on this website:

2013 Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America by Dessert Professional Magazine

Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America by Dessert Professional Magazine

Buon appetito!

Thank you to Ruskin International for inviting me to participate in this event.