Tracy DeWitt is a chef instructor for Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale. Tracy has received many teaching awards during her 16 years as an instructor, including the highest honor in Retention Award, six-time winner of the coveted Crystal Apple Award for teaching excellence, and was recognized as a top twelve finalist for the 2004 Educator of the Year. Chef DeWitt continues to be very active in the competition world. She has appeared on the Food Network Challenge five times and has competed on a national level in three Pastry Championships. Last year she was awarded the title of ACF Pastry Chef of the Year for the Western Region.
Accolades & Accomplishments:
- 2010 Food Network Challenge: Gold Medal Winner Sugar Destinations Showpiece
- 2010 ACF: Top Finalists for Pastry Chef of the Year
- 2010 ACF: Western Region Pastry Chef of the Year
- 2009 National Pastry Team Championship: Silver Medal Winner and Best Chocolate Showpiece
- 2009 Food Network Challenge: Gold Medal Winner “Extreme Candy Carnival” Sugar Sculpture
- 2009 Food Network Challenge: Silver Medal Winner “Extreme Choc Coasters” Chocolate Piece
- 2006 National Bread and Pastry Championship: Gold Medal Winner and Best Degustation
- 2006 Food Network Challenge: Bronze Medal Winner for “Rock and Roll Sugar” Sculpture
- 2005 Food Network Challenge: Incredible Edible Gingerbread Mansions
David Smoake attended Scottsdale Culinary Institute where he received his Culinary Arts degree in 1991. It was there he found his true talents lie in the art of baking and pastry. It was at that juncture that he accepted a position at the famed Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. David worked as the assistant pastry chef at the Scottsdale Radisson Resort and Spa, followed by the pastry chef position at the Buttes Resort and Spa in Tempe, Arizona.
In 2003, Chef Smoake was invited back to Scottsdale Culinary Institute to be a part of the faculty team in the Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie & Baking Program. Within his second year at the school, David received the Crystal Apple Award for teaching excellence and was named Instructor of the Year for 2005. In 2006, he won a gold medal at the 2006 National Bread and Pastry Team Championship with his team member (and spouse) Chef Tracy DeWitt. The team was awarded “Best Pastry Dégustation”. In 2009, the duo won: a gold medal on the Food Network’s “Extreme Candy Carnival” competition; a silver medal at the National Pastry Team Championship; and a silver medal at the Food Network’s “Extreme Candy Coaster” chocolate competition. In 2010, he coached Chef DeWitt winning the ACF western regional Pastry Chef of the Year, and she earned a bronze medal at the National Pastry Chef of the Year. Later that year the duo won a gold medal at the Food Network’s “Sugar Destinations” competition on October 14, 2010.