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The Ten Best Pastry Chefs in America...and me!

All I can say is...WOW! Last night I was lucky enough to attend a party at ICE--the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan, honoring the 10 best pastry chefs in America. It was an amazing experience for a chocolatier and dessert freak like me. We were first allowed to roam through the building where these talented and amazing chefs were setting up and would answer our questions and just basically allow us to gawk at their creations. Then there was the ceremony where each of the 10 were introduced and we got to hear a bit of their back stories which I always find fascinating. My favorite story was that of Alex Stupak from wd-50 in Manhattan who at 12 fibbed about his age just to get a job in a kitchen and learn. My mother did the same thing about 73 years ago in Chappaqua so she could get a job in a tea house and learn to bake from a Southern woman named Carrie who was famous in the area.
Each chef then put out a spread with their signature dessert and i ate every single one of them! The most unusual was probably the bluberry push-pop shooters from Richard Capizzi of Per Se and the Bouchon Bakery....amazing!
Thanks to my friends at Dessert Professional Mag for inviting me...I had a blast!

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Comment by John M Rossini on June 10, 2009 at 9:56pm
Nice work Maria == and thanks for inviting me to the Chef Event. Yes, fellow readers, it was a great time, with great desserts. John R. (

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