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Yannis Janssens Foret Noire: Manjari, Kirsch Chantilly and Griottines

Last night I had the pleasure to attend the awards for the Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America presented by Dessert Professional Magazine at The Institute of Culinary Education.   I was truly blown away by the quality of each and every dish – there was not one weak dessert.  Even though each chef and their team had to prepare over 300 servings it didn’t seem to deter them from making really involved creations with many components (see home made chocolate covered pop rocks).  Without exception, these were some of the most spectacular desserts I have ever eaten.   Over the next few days (weeks?)  I’ll be posting some video and going into more depth about some of the desserts.  The first wave of pictures are below.  Enjoy.

2010 Top 10 Honorees:

Nicholas Lodge - French Pastry School, Chicago IL

Chapeau Chic - the flowers looked real Nicholas specialty

Roy Pell - The Phoenician, Scottsdale AZ

My overall favorite dessert among a 3-Star field of desserts


Christopher Boos - Dunkin Brands

Milk Chocolate Jasmine Tea Tart: Baskin-Robbins Cranberry Sorbet w/ Soaked Cherries, Dunkin Dark Roast Coffee Cream

Kimberly Bugler - Restaurant 21, NYC

Strawberry Upside Down Cake with Kalamansani Silk, Basil Ice Cream and Vanilla-Roasted Strawberries

Steve Evetts - Marriot Marquis Hotel, NYC

Hazelnut Passion Green Tea and Corazon

This dessert had chocolate covered pop rocks and sorbet in a working lipstick dispenser

Bill Foltz - L’Auberge du Lac Resort Casino, Lake Charles LA

Honey Cake, Coconut Haupia, Valrhona Cream and Pineapple Lemongrass Salsa

Yannis Janssens - Fontainebleau, Miami Beach FL

Michelle Tampakis - Institute of Culinary Education, NYC

Gluten_free_trio Carrot Cake

Robert Truitt - Corton, NYC

Rhubarb Bavarois, Sorrel Cucumber Granite Pistachio Sable

Frank Vollkommer - The Chocolate Mill, Glens Falls NY

Pistachio Financier with Vanilla Parfait Lemon Custard & Rosemary Infused Wild Blueberry Compote

Hall of Fame honoree: Gary Guittard

The Dessert Professional Magazine website is here.

The Institute of Culinary education web site is here.

Part II with Nicholas Lodge is here.

Part III (with Johnny Iuzzini and Michelle Tampakis) is here.

Part IV with Jannis Janssens is here.

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these are incredibly creative. oh to be able to taste them!

Yeah, these guys are all the real deal. I can’t believe how intricate all their desserts were.

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