August 24, 25, 26, 2014
200 Peachtree
Atlanta, GA 30303

New Venue for 2014!

New Venue for 2014!

200 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303-1704

This year Pastry Live is being held in the Grand Atrium at 200 Peachtree. Visit the our Hospitality Page for more information.

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Pastry Live 2014

Pastry Live 2014
August 24-26, 2014

Three more days full of exciting competitions and stimulating classes!

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Pastry Live Seminars

Pastry Live Seminars

Pastry Live seminars are designed to help pastry chefs learn the skills they need to get to the next level. Four educational seminars with five of the industry’s top pastry chefs take place over the course of two days. These pastry chefs share the expertise and knowledge that has ranked them among the best in their class.READ MORE
Chocolatier of the Year

Chocolatier of the Year

A true highlight of the Pastry Live Weekend, ten chocolatiers from across the country submit two of their finest chocolates for review. One chocolate is to be their best available in-store and the other, a specialty enrobed chocolate. READ MORE
Chocolatier of the Year

Signature Plated Dessert

In front of the judges and audience, some of the region's best restaurant pastry chefs create eight plates of one dessert that best represents their signature culinary style. Not only are the skills of these talented chefs featured, but also the restaurants they represent. READ MORE
Student Chocolate Challenge

Student Chocolate Challenge

The Student Chocolate Challenge offers students the opportunity to experience the world of competitions, while allowing schools to come together in a friendly, competitive environment. Current baking and pastry students from schools across the country are asked to create and present chocolate showpieces exhibiting their creativity and talents.READ MORE
Latest entries

2014 Seminars Announced!

The Pastry Live 2014 Seminars

Creative ConfectionsCreative Confections
With Chef Lauren Haas
Sponsored by John E Koerner & Co., Inc

The Art of the CakeThe Art of the Cake
With Chef Nicholas Lodge
Sponsored by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas

dezaanFall Inspired Recipes
With Chef Rocco Lugrine
Sponsored by Cacao Barry

Swiss ChaletSensorial Workshop
With Chef Stephen Iten
Sponsored by Swiss Chalet Fine Foods


joyArt & flavor
With Karen Portaleo
Sponsored by Amoretti

dezaanUpscale Restaurant Desserts
Creating Interest and Value
With Chef Jimmy MacMillan
Sponsored by deZaan Gourmet Chocolates


joyExpanding Your Creativity
With Michael Joy
Sponsored by The Chicago School of Mold Making

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3 Day Passes

General Admission – $75

A three day pass to Pastry Live 2014. Admission includes Chef demos and admission to all competitions, including the National Showpiece Championship.
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Student Admission – $35

A three day student pass to Pastry Live 2014. Admission includes Chef demos and admission to all competitions, including the National Showpiece Championship. You must bring your current Student ID to the event.
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Single Day Passes

Sunday, August 25

Professional $35, Student $20, Pastry Atlanta $35
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Monday, August 26

Professional $35, Student $20
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Tuesday, August 27

Professional $35, Student $20
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Hotel Event Rates Available

Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree Street NE,
Atlanta, GA 30303

Click here to get the special room rate for the Pastry Live event
Guest type: Attendee.
Special rate only available for August 22nd to August 28th.

Our Competitors for Pastry Live 2014 are…

We’ve had an amazing number of applications come in this year from all across the country. It wasn’t an easy task for the Competition Committee to decide, but we’re excited to announce our competitors for this year’s competitions.

The National Showpiece Championship Teams

Team Captain: Bill Foltz, L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles
Cori Schlemmer, L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles
Team Captain: Cher Harris, Hotel Hershey
Joseph Settepani, Bruno Bakery
Team Captain: Gonzalo Jimenez, Grand Hyatt New York
David Lewis, Brown Palace Hotel
Team Captain: Alejandro Lechuga, Mexican Pastry Academy
Team Captain: Karen Neugebauer, Forte Chocolates
Ariel Garey, Forte Chocolates
Team Captain: Kelsee Newman
Scott Turner, Sullivan University
Team Captain: Julian Perrigo-Jimenez, Caesars Palace Las Vegas
Jordan Snider, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Las Vegas
Team Captain: Lionel Touya, Jean-Marie Auboine Chocolates
Rull Christophe

Art of Cake Competitors

Julie Bashore, Sugar Arts Institute
Marilyn Bawol, Unique Cakes
Xiomara Bevel, Bueno Postre
Analia Bobber, Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta
Laknya Colenburg, Sweetest Indulgence Cakes & Desserts
Dori White Coy, Sweet Escape Confections
Dawn Davis, Dawn Bakes Cakes
Veronica Estrada, Sugar Benders Bakery
Diane Fehder, The Merion
Brianne Hager, B’s Sweets
Cornelius Hodge, Dessert Fetish
Renee Ito, Cherokee Town & Country Club
Cathy Kincaid, Pulaski Technical College
Herlina S. Kwee, Piedmont Driving Club
Jan Lewandowski, PTC-CAHMI; The Blue Cake Company
Victoria McKinley, Madd Sweets
Kenna Nelson, Annie May’s Sweet Café
Nicole O’Clare, Nix Confectionery
Ramona Oskirka, Perfect Wedding Cake
Miranda Prince, Norman Love Confections
Jessie Anne Reilly, Take the Cake Decor
Karis Brewington Riddick, Sweet Sentiments Bakery and Gifts
Glenn Rinsky, Jefferson State Community College
Arti Thapa, Senior Lecturer, Food Craft Institute, Hoshiarpur (Pb) India
Jaime VanderWoude, Byerly’s, (Lund Food Holdings)
Kelly Williams, Custom Cakes By Kelly
Sara Hardy Williams, Cakehouse at Waterstone
Fhoua Yang-Moua, Lunds and Byerlys

Chocolatier of the Year Competitors

Cesar Barachina, Turningstone Casino Resort
William Brown, William Dean Chocolates
Robyn Dochterman, St. Croix Chocolate Co.
Justin Fry, Norman Love Confections
Brandon Lee, Modern Chocolatier
Kevin Lindee, Ganache: Truffles For Every Occasion
Abderrahmane Neggaz, Chocotenango
Karen Neugebauer, Forte Chocolates
Robert Nieto, Jackson Family Wines
Deden Putra, The Peninsula New York
Rodrigo Romo, Tout Chocolat
Annie Rupani, Cacao & Cardamom
Andrea Smith, Chocolate F/X
Jordan Snider, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Charity Teague, Charity Teague
Tamarra Thomas, Mama Cocoa’s Delights
Darcy (Bishop) Thrasher, Cero’s Candies
Laurent Vals, Laurent Vals Handcarfted Chocolates
John Walsh, Tampa Bay Times
Ayaka Yamamoto, The Ritz Carlton Orlando Grande

Signature Plated Dessert Competitors

Angela Kim, The Modern, New York
Eric Kroeker, Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas, Las Vegas
Samantha Mendoza, Triniti, Houston
Jove T. Hubbard, The James Hotel/ David Burke’s Primehouse, Chicago
Ryan Stipp, The Blackthorn Club, Kingsport
Deden Putra, The Peninsula, New York
Cesar Barachina, Turningstone Casino Resort, New York
Donna Yuen, Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston
Stephanie Espinola, The University Club of Chicago, Chicago
Santiago Consuelo, Tout Chocolat, Mexico City

The Dessert Cup Competitors

Our New Verrine Competition, details coming soon!

Ashley Baughman, Omni Homestead Resort
Cesar Barachina, Turningstone Casino Resort
Gary Ele, Little America Hotel
Eric Kroeker, Caesar’s palace Las Vegas
Jan Lewandowski, PTC- Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Johnny Wesley, Mr. Peeples Restaurant
Kadi Waller, The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
Kevin Lindee, Ganache: Truffles For Every Occasion
Laurent Vals, Laurent Vals Handcrafted Chocolates
Ryan Stipp, The Blackthorn Club
Charles Heaton, Moxie/Red Restaurant Group
Santiago Consuelo, Tout Chocolat
Shashwat Shivam, JW Marriott Desert Ridge
TaWanna Ray, 2 B Whole Bakery

The Student Chocolate Challenge Competitors

Markie Bain, College of Dupage
Nicki Bardet, Art Institute of Atlanta
Demetria Carswell, College of Dupage
Rachel Dau, College of DuPage
Nayeli Gallegos, College of Dupage
Leah Horcher, Kendall College
Florence Jackson, Le Cordon Bleu
Jasmin Nathan, Art Institute of Atlanta
Marlana Poling, Kendall College
Courtney Pottinger, Art Institute of Atlanta
Micah Pritchett, Kendall College
Juan Esteban Gutierrez Pulgarin, The French Pastry School
Thomas Richberg, Johnson & Wales University CLT
Bess Ronchetti, College of Dupage
Maya Shemolewitz, Johnson & Wales University

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Pastry Live 2013 winners!

The event may have passed, but the fun isn’t over! Check out more Pastry Live 2013 photos and like us on Facebook for all the latest news!

National Showpiece Championship

The 2013 National Showpiece Champions & Winners of the $5,000 prize
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Best Overall/Most Excellent Showpiece:
Best Chocolate Showpiece:

Team Captain Maura Metheny
Norman Love Chocolates, Fort Myers, FL

Dan Forgey
Norman Love Chocolates, Fort Myers, FL

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Best Sugar Showpiece:
Best Artistry:
Competitor’s Choice:

Team Captain Bill Foltz
L’Auberge Casino Resort, Lake Charles, LA

Arlety Estevez
L’auberge Casino Hotel, Baton Rouge, LA

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Audience Choice:

Team Captain Jim Mullaney
J Mullaney Pastries, Atlanta, GA

Alex Hwang
Cherokee Town & Country Club, Atlanta, GA

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Sponsor’s Choice:

Team Captain Julian Perrigo-Jimenez
The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, CA

Andrea Alfaro
Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel, CA

Check out photos from the 2013 National Showpiece Championship!

Signature Plated Dessert:

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1st Place: Joel Gonzalez, JW Marriott Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV

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2nd Place: Rodrigo Romo
Tout Chocolat, Mexico City, Mexico

3rd Place: Kayla Swartout
The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville, TN

Chocolatier of the Year

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1st: Melissa Coppel, Jean-Marie Auboine Chocolates, Las Vegas, NV
2nd: Maura Metheny, Norman Love Confections, Fort Myers, FL
3rd: Jose Luis Castellanos, Barry Callebaut Chocolate Academy Center, Chicago, IL
People’s Choice: Melissa Coppel, Jean-Marie Auboine Chocolates, Las Vegas, NV

The Art of Cake

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1st Place:
Joseph Cumm
EdenJoesCakery, York, PA

2nd: Gretchen George
Le Cordon Bleu, Tucker, GA

3rd:Jessie Anne Reilly
Take the Cake Decor, Somerset, KY

Student Chocolate Challenge

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1st Place:
Brooke Hoekstra
Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL

2nd: Paige Fuhrman
York Technical Institute, Lancaster, PA

3rd: Joseph Slone, Savannah
Technical College
, Savannah, GA