SOURCE: The Institute of Culinary Education

July 05, 2006 12:09 ET

ICE Hosts 10 Best Pastry Chefs Awards

Peter Kump Inducted in Pastry Hall of Fame

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 5, 2006 -- On June 19, The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) hosted Pastry Art & Design and Chocolatier's Ten Best Pastry Chefs in America Awards. The magazines honored pastry chefs from around the country, including ICE alumna Nicole Kaplan, for their contribution to the field and the creativity and talent they display in their work. The 400 guests had the opportunity to taste this talent first hand, as the 10 chefs offered one of their signature desserts in kitchens throughout the school.

Pastry Art & Design and Chocolatier also inducted Peter Kump, ICE's founder, in their Hall of Fame in recognition of his pioneering work for culinary education around the country and his launching of the James Beard Foundation in 1985.

Kaplan is the pastry chef at Eleven Madison Park in New York City. Other New York recipients were Pastry Chefs Jean-François Bonnet (Tumbador Chocolate), Will Goldfarb (Room 4 Dessert), Elizabeth Katz (BR Guest), Joe Murphy (Jean-Georges Management), and Sebastien Rouxel (Per Se and Bouchon Bakery). They were joined by John Kraus of the French Pastry School in Chicago, Antony D. Osborne of Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College in Birmingham, Alabama, Anil Rohira of Albert Uster Imports in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Sherry Yard of Spago in Beverly Hills, California.

"The support that Pastry Art & Design shows for the industry it covers is unparalleled," said ICE President Rick Smilow. "It is especially wonderful to see at a time when American pastry chefs are showing incredible creativity, and are more entrepreneurial than ever."

Pastry Art & Design is also a sponsor of the Center for Advanced Pastry Studies (CAPS) at ICE, which was launched in 2005. CAPS brings some of the world's top pastry experts to New York City, for classes for professional pastry chefs that range from Advanced Sugar Artistry to Chocolate Showpieces.

In addition to Kaplan, ICE alumni prominent in the pastry world include Gina DePalma, pastry chef at Babbo and a multiple James Beard Award nominee; Stephen Durfee, who won the 1998 James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef while at the French Laundry; and Claudia Fleming, a Beard recipient of the same award in 2000. All three are past Ten Best Pastry Chefs Award recipients.

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