Sweet Escape Confections
Dori White Coy once thought becoming a pastry chef was an unattainable dream. After years of insistence from family and friends to make pastry a career, the dream was finally realized, when her husband enrolled her in culinary school as a birthday gift. After the first day of classes she knew she was meant to become a chef. She was fortunate to study under many talented chefs that inspired her to accomplish goals she never thought possible. While juggling a busy schedule of school, work and motherhood there were times when it was hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but the vision of seeing herself in a white coat and toque drove her to persevere. She is constantly studying; reading and practicing to ensure each of her endeavors are more successful than the last.
Dori lives in Mobile, AL with her husband, Rob and daughter, Sarah. She is the owner of Sweet Escape Confections where she creates custom (edible) works of art. “I always knew that pastry would be a lifelong hobby. I never dreamed something that brought me such happiness would also become a career“
Diane Fehder graduated from the French Culinary Institute, now known at The International Culinary Center, in 2007 and has honed her skills working with well-known pastry chefs in New York City, London, and Upstate New York. Currently, she is the Executive Pastry Chef at The Merion in Southern New Jersey.
Her work has been featured in numerous publications and has appeared on TLC’s “Four Weddings” television program. In 2013, Diane made her Food Network debut, taking home the gold medal on an episode in the premier season of “Sugar Dome.” More of Diane’s work can be viewed at www.dianemichellecakes.com
For the past five years Chef Cornelius Hodge, Founder/Owner and Executive Pastry Chef of dessert Fetish, has been exploring the pastry and culinary world. What started as a curiosity has now transformed into a degree in the Baking and Pastry Arts from Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina. Within the community of Charlotte Chef Hodge’s name has become definition of elegance and the avant-garde. He prides himself on producing crowd pleasing wedding cakes that visually excite and also stimulate the palate. There are no limits to the stunning edible creations Chef Hodge can produce.
Among his many talents Chef Cornelius is also the pastry chef for Peppercorn Catering, one of PGA Master’s Tournament (Augusta, GA) premiere catering companies.