2013 Student Chocolate Challenge Competitors

We have quite a few students participating this year and we’re happy to have them, along with their schools, involved! Traveling from across the country, here are the students entering to compete on Sunday, August 25th, 2013:

  • Melissa F. Bullins, The International Culinary Schools at the Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
  • Paulette Caguioa, Platt College – Moore Campus, Moore, OK
  • Anya Damron, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Asheville, NC
  • Paige Fuhrman, York Technical Institute, Lancaster, PA
  • Rachel Geist, York Technical Institute, Lancaster, PA
  • Brooke Hoekstra, Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL
  • Breanna Kinkead, The International Culinary Schools at the Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
  • Faith Maximilian, Dorsey Culinary Arts Academy, Detroit, MI
  • Cassidy McCaleb, Platt College – Oklahoma City Campus, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Luis Rojas, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC
  • Joseph Slone, Savannah Technical College, Savannah, GA

2013 Chocolatier of the Year Finalists Announced

Pastry Live is excited to announce the finalists for the 2013 Chocolatier of the Year. Carefully selected for their expertise and abilities, each competitor will be required to produce two different chocolates sold in their shop. As both taste and appearance are key criteria to be evaluated, each chocolatier will have to meticulously handcraft their creations in order to obtain the title of Chocolatier of the Year. Competing on Sunday, August 25th, here are this year’s finalists:

  • Robin Autorino, Robin Chocolates, Longmont, CO
  • Jose Luis Castellanos, Barry Callebaut Chocolate Academy Center, Chicago, IL
  • Melissa Coppel, Jean-Marie Auboine Chocolates, Las Vegas, NV
  • Robyn Dochterman, St. Croix Chocolate Company, Marine on St. Croix, MN
  • Ross Evans, Stars Restaurant Rooftop and Grill Room, Charleston, SC
  • Brandon Lee, Modern Chocolatier, Charlotte, NC
  • Gene Leiterman, CocoFlow Chocolate Café, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Maura Metheny, Norman Love Confections, Fort Myers, FL
  • Karen Neugebauer, Forte Chocolates, Mount Vernon, WA
  • Luis Robledo-Richards, Tout Chocolat, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Evan Sheridan, Inn at Little Washington, Washington, VA
  • Andrea Smith, diAmano Chocolate, Atlanta, GA
  • Amy Stankus, Chocolate South, Atlanta, GA
  • Santosh Tiptur, Co Co. Sala, Washington, DC
  • Emma Kate Veader, The Hess Collection, Napa, CA

Check out the Chocolatier of the Year page for more info!

2013 Art of Cake Competitors

Without further delay, we’re excited to announce the cake artists competing in Pastry Live’s 2013 Art of Cake!

  • Marilyn Bawol, Unique Cakes, Bealeton, VA
  • Joseph Cumm, EdenJoesCakery, York, PA
  • Dawn Davis, Dawn Bakes Cakes, Cumming, GA
  • Matthew J. Dyer, Culinard Culinary Institute of Virginia College, Birmingham, AL
  • Veronica Estrada, Sugar Benders Bakery, Marietta, GA
  • Gretchen George, Le Cordon Bleu, Tucker, GA
  • Janet Hurley, JJ Pastries by Design, Chicago, IL
  • Frederick Isla, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV
  • Christine Johns-Harris, Not a Crumb! Exquisite Cakes, Atlanta, GA
  • Herlina S. Kwee, Piedmont Driving Club, Atlanta, GA
  • Ramona Oskirka, Perfect Wedding Cake, Marietta, GA
  • Jessie Anne Reilly, Take the Cake Decor, Somerset, KY
  • Jaime VanderWoude, Lund Food Holdings, Inc. (Byerly’s), Edina, MN
  • Andrea Webster, The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Denver, CO
  • Sara Hardy Williams, The Cakehouse at Waterstone, Acworth, GA

Congratulations to each! This year we’ve been able to welcome even more talented artists to compete and combined with the theme of “Art Nouveau” some truly beautiful works of art are sure to be created.

2013 National Showpiece Championship Captains!

Applications for this year’s competitions are officially closed!

Pastry Live is proud to announce the team captains for the 2013 National Showpiece Championship. After careful consideration, eight teams of two chefs have been chosen to compete on the morning of Tuesday, August 27th, 2013. Each team will choose from either chocolate or sugar to showcase their innovation and talent while competing for the title of National Showpiece Champions. Among some of the top pastry chefs in the country, here are the team captains selected to compete:

  • Brian Donaghy, Chocolate Delivery Systems, Buffalo, NY
  • Bill Foltz, L’Auberge Casino Resort, Lake Charles, LA
  • David Lewis, The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Denver, CO
  • Maura Metheny, Norman Love Chocolates, Fort Myers, FL
  • Jim Mullaney, J Mullaney Pastries, Atlanta, GA
  • Kelsee Newman, Sullivan University, Louisville, KY
  • Julian Perrigo-Jimenez, The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, CA

Congratulations on being selected chefs, we’re excited to see what you come up with in August!

Want to see what incredible pieces these chefs create? Don’t forget to buy your tickets!