Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The 2011 Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America

Chef Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez
A few weeks back I had the privilege to attend the reception for the Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America as determined by Dessert Professional. Each of the chefs were going to be there, whipping up desserts for the guests. I arrived with a big sweet tooth and some emergency insulin, and afterward, was delighted to find that some of my favorite desserts are regular menu items here in the city. Here's a rundown of the highlights:

Chef Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez
Chef Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez from PRINT at the Ink Hotel was serving up Chocolate Flan with Chocolate Sorbet and Preserved Black Currants, but the lighter side didn't stop there. She was also serving slices of chocolate bread topped with Salvatore Brooklyn ricotta and drizzled with honey. The simpleness of this dessert while being incredible delicious really appealed to me. Best part: you can get this at PRINT as your dessert.

Chef Ron Paprocki
Another highlight was Chef Ron Paprocki's (Gordon Ramsay at The London) Valrhona Caramel Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Sable, and Milk Jam with Quark Ice Cream. It had nice contrasting textures, and wonderfully balanced flavors. And yes, you can get this at the restaurant too!

Chef Tariq Hanna
Chef Tariq Hanna from Sucre in New Orleans (a place on my "To-Do" list) did make a special dessert for the event, but you can get it at other special events. "Lipstick on a Pig" was his spin on a peanut butter and jelly: chocolate bread pudding, macerated strawberries, strawberry macaron, and peanut butter powder. It tasted and smelled exactly like a peanut butter and strawberry jelly with a bit of an added treat in the bread pudding.

Chef Francisco Migoya
And last, but definitely not least, I fancied the offering from Chef Francisco Migoya, an Associate Professor at CIA. He brought a small army of Black Forest Pops, once you cracked the outer shell, you found a dark chocolate mousse pop anchored by chocolate blackout cake. This was the last thing I had after two hours of desserts, and I ate EVERY BITE! The mousse was light and airy, and just perfect. If this was sold anywhere, I'd be in big trouble.

This wasn't nearly everything there and if you're hungering for more information, please hop on over to Dessert Buzz. There's even video over there!


A-Tooch said...

Dang, I was at The London for dinner last week -- how did I miss out on that tastiness??

the [sugar] apothecary said...

Those black forest pops looks insane! Fluffy chocolate mousse and blackout cake ON A STICK? I would've eaten the whole thing, too. Sounds like an awesome night!