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Dominique Ansel checks out his Kouign-amann for his presentation

Today was the second day of the StarChefs International Chefs Congress and the big excitement was the announcement of the three pastry chefs who were going to advance to the final on Tuesday for a chance to win over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Congratulations are in order for Jennifer Yee (formerly of SHO Shaun Hergatt, DessertBuzz feature is here), Salvatore Martone, (L’atelier de Joel Robuchon) and Aya Fukai (Waldorf Astoria Chicago).  After the announcement Johnny Iuzzini explained how much respect he had for these chefs and remarked that “to go through this competition in these conditions, in an armory [is just very difficult]“.

The finalists at the Star_Chefs 2012 pastry competition, Jennifer Yee, Salvatore Martone and Aya Fukai join Antoinette and Will on main stage

A very happy Jennifer Yee is announced as one of three finalists in the pastry competition

Shawn Gawle (Saison) prepping for his session on modernizing the marshmallow

The Dominique Ansel pop-pop featured his famous "Mini-me" cake and "Paris-New York" pastries

The team from Dominique Ansel Bakery enjoy some of Damien Hergatt's (of Bosie Tea Parlor) special macarons

Coverage of Day 1 of StarChefs is here.  Follow DessertBuzz on Twitter.  More on Shawn Gawle on DessertBuzz is here.  More on Johnny Iuzzini is here.  More on Jennifer Yee is here.

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