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Finalists Are Announced for 25th Anniversary Competition

Posted by Shirley Hall on Jan 17, 2014 3:37:35 PM


A Dozen Chefs to Create Exquisite Showpieces Based on the theme of Film Animation

Twelve rising stars, listed below, of the pastry world have been selected to compete for the coveted title of Pastry Chef of the Year. The theme of this year’s Paris Gourmet’s U.S. Pastry Competition is Film Animation.This exciting event will take place at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York on March 2 from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, with the awards ceremony at 4:00 pm. All attendees of the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York are invited to see the illustrious showpieces created by America's leading pastry chefs.   Attendees will be dazzled by the exquisite showpieces by the following finalists:


Bruno Feldeisen, Four Seasons Hotel – Vancouver, BC

Kivanc Kaymak, FontaineBleu – Miami, FL

Eric Kalaboke, St. Regis - New York, NY

Pedro Gomez, Calihan Catering – Chicago, IL

Monica Ng, Sirio Ristorante - New York, NY

Arlety Estevez, L’Auberge Casino & Hotel - Baton Rouge, LA

Ruwan Kamburapolage, The Hurricane  - New York, NY

Pierre Poulin, Aureole - New York, NY

Yoshikazu Kizu, The Ritz Carlton - Orlando, FL

Cher Harris, The Hotel Hershey - Hershey, PA

Joseph Cumm, The Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts

Kimberly Schielke, The Pluckemin Inn - Bedminster, NJ


Board members of the Societe Culinaire Philanthropique, one of the oldest and most prestigious chef associations in the world, will preside over the judging procedures. Contest awards will total over $10,000.00. The showpieces will remain on view for the duration of the Show.

About the NY Restaurant Show

The 21st International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York will bring together thousands of foodservice, restaurant and hospitality professionals from New York State,  and will feature more than 500 leading vendors, accompanying the Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum education sessions and buzz building special events. This is the only event in New York exclusively serving the restaurant and foodservice industry, sponsored by the New York State Restaurant Association (NYSRA) and produced by Urban Expositions. The show will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, Sunday, March 2, 2014 through Tuesday, March 4. To learn more, visit http://www.internationalrestaurantny.com.


Topics: U.S. Pastry Competition

U.S. Pastry Competition Entry Form Deadline Extended

Posted by Shirley Hall on Dec 5, 2013 3:29:08 PM
The deadline for entry forms for the U.S. Pastry Competition has been extended until December 12, 2013.  For questions, contact Shirley Hall at Paris Gourmet (800) 727-8791 or shirleyhall@me.com.

Topics: U.S. Pastry Competition

U.S. Pastry Competition Update

Posted by Shirley Hall on Nov 7, 2013 3:49:00 PM



U.S. Pastry Competition - Pastry Chef of the Year

 UPDATE:  November 7, 2013

Getting Closer ! ! !  The jury is being recruited now - - here are some members to name a few:

  • Florian Bellanger
  • Susan Notter
  • Johnny Iuzini
  • Bill Foltz (past U.S. Pastry Chef of the Year)
  • Richard Capizzi (past U.S. Pastry Chef of the Year)






Topics: U.S. Pastry Competition

U.S. Pastry Competition - Pastry Chef of the Year UPDATE

Posted by Shirley Hall on Oct 17, 2013 3:25:00 PM

We are at the 4 month countdown until the 25th Annual U.S. Pastry Competition.  Entries forms are due (postmarked December 3, 2013).  

Paris Gourmet recently exhibited at the IBIE Show in Las Vegas where pastry chef guests (potential competitors) stopped by our U.S. Pastry Competition hospitality lounge. The 2014 official theme, “Film Animation”, was well-received with great feedback and lots of interest by the chefs.  We anticipate showpieces with a lot of whimsy and color.  As always our jury panel and rules emphasize that TASTE is foremost.  Visitors of the U.S. Pastry Competition hospitality lounge also enjoyed a new short documentary about last year’s event.

US Pastry Competition showpiece


Please don’t hesitate to contact jury president, Steve Evetts, for technical questions at 212-704-8788 (steve.evetts@marriott.com) or Shirley Hall regarding logistical questions 800-727-8791 ext. 202  (shirley@parisgourmet.com).  

 Follow us next month as we check in with past champions of the U.S. Pastry Competition and find out what they were doing to prepare for competition day at the 3 month countdown!  

Topics: U.S. Pastry Competition, Events

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