Benjamin Kallenbach

Benjamin Kallenbach

Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

With more than 13 years of global culinary experience, Chef Ben Kallenbach brings an extensive culinary skillset and fresh talent to the role of executive pastry chef at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel in Charlotte, NC. He oversees the hotel’s pastry team and creation of all desserts, including the dessert menus and artisan breads served at Gallery Restaurant.

Prior to joining The Ballantyne, Chef Ben spent many years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Most recently, he was executive pastry chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. In addition, he worked in pastry at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain and at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation in Georgia.

Originally from Fulton, Illinois, Chef Ben discovered his passion for pastry and bakery arts while attending Kendall College in Chicago. Throughout his career, Chef Ben has studied with some of the world’s best pastry chefs.

2014 Winners!

After an amazing 3 days, we present the winners from Pastry Live 2014!

National Showpiece Championship

NSC 1st place  - Bill Foltz & Cori SchlemmerNSC 1st place  - Dragon Ball
Photo credit: Beatricess, Chicago School of Mold MakingMost Excellent/Best Overall:
Best Sugar Showpiece:
Competitors’ Choice:

Team Captain Bill Foltz
L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles

Cori Schlemmer
L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles

Sponsors Choice - Cher Harris and Joseph-SettipaniSponsors’ Pick:

Team Captain Cher Harris
Hotel Hershey

Joseph Settepani
Bruno Bakery
Photo credit: Beatricess,
Chicago School of Mold Making

Audience Choice - Julian Perrigo-Jimenez and Jordan SniderAudience Choice:

Team Captain Julian Perrigo-Jimenez
Caesars Palace Las Vegas

Jordan Snider
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Photo credit: Beatricess,
Chicago School of Mold Making

Best Artistry & Best Chocolate - Chirstophe Rull and Nicolas RioBest Artistry & Best Chocolate Showpiece:

Team Captain Christophe Rull
MGM Grand, Hotel and Casino

Nicolas Rio
Jean-Marie Auboine, Las Vegas
Photo credit: Beatricess,
Chicago School of Mold Making

Art of Cake

AoC 1st place: Cathy KincaidAoC 2nd place: Diane FehderAoC 3rd place: Jessie Anne Reilly
Photo credit: Beatricess, Chicago School of Mold Making

1st Place: Cathy Kincaid of Pulaski Technical College
2nd Place: Diane Fehder of The Merion
3rd Place: Jessie Anne Reilly of Take the Cake Decor

The Chocolatier of the Year

 2014 Chocolatier of the Year - Justin Fry2014 Chocolatier of the Year & Audience Choice Award:
Justin Fry of Norman Love Confections.

2nd Place: William Dean Brown of William Dean Chocolates
3rd Place: Rodrigo Romo of Tout Chocolat
Photo credit:
Beatricess, Chicago School of Mold Making

Signature Plated Dessert

Plated Dessert - 1st Angela KimPlated Dessert - 2nd place, Deden PutraPlated Dessert - 3rd place, Jove Hubbard Photo credit: Nick Squires, Amoretti & Beatricess, Chicago School of Mold Making

1st Place: Angela Kim of The Modern
2nd Place: Deden Putra of The Peninsula New York
3rd Place: Jove T. Hubbard of The James Hotel and David Burke’s Primehouse

The Dessert Cup

The Dessert Cup - 1st place, Laurent ValsThe Dessert Cup - 2nd place, Ryan StippThe Dessert Cup - 3rd place, Johnny Wesley
Photo credit: Nick Squires, Amoretti

1st Place: Laurent Vals of Laurent Vals Handcrafted Chocolates for his “Catalan Verrine.”
2nd Place: Ryan Stipp of The Blackthorn Club for his “Mediterranean Reese’s Cup.”
3rd Place & People’s Choice: Johnny Wesley of Mr. Peeples Restaurant for his “Smoked Black Forest Cake.”

The Student Chocolate Challenge

Student Chocolate Challenge - 1st place, Nayeli GallegosStudent Chocolate Challenge - 2nd place, Rachel DauStudent Chocolate Challenge - 3rd place, Markie Bain
Photo credit: Chicago School of Mold Making

1st Place: Nayeli Gallegos of the College of Dupage
2nd Place: Rachel Dau of the College of DuPage
3rd Place: Markie Bain of the College of Dupage

Pastry Atlanta

Sarah Koob – Canoe
Mojito Truffle

Charlotte Song – Joli Kobe
Mango White Chocolate Passionfruit Cake

Mark Allen – Australian Bakery
Meat Pie & Sausage Rolls

Jackson Smith – Honeysuckle Gelato
Gelato Cupcakes

Neal Idnani – Naanstop

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 Stephan 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