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Johnny Iuzzini and Michelle Tampakis will both be presenting at the New York Chocolate Show

Go here for Part I of our Chocolate Show recommendations.

Your ticket to the Chocolate Show allows you to taste chocolate from more than 65 different companies–but did you  know that there are two different cooking demo theaters plus a book signing area at the show–and each one has a jam packed schedule of events from 12:00 until closing?  Here are some of our recommendations with an emphasis on pastry chefs based right here in New York:

Thursday’s recommended demos

Dacor Culinary Kitchen Theater #1:

5:00-5:45 Rhonda Kave Roni-Sue’s Chocolates and Jeff Pzenza MOHO Chocolate Company – Spilling the Beans – Why direct trade chocolate?  Notes: Rhonda Kave is a 100% hand’s on chocolate maker who also staffs her own shop at the Essex Street Market.  Her topic should be interesting too, so come out and support a small artisanal chocolatier of  NYC.

Dacor Culinary Kitchen Theater #2:

1:30-2:15 Stephen Collucci Colicchio & Sons Milk Chocolate Caramel Tart Notes: I recently tried some of Stephen’s desserts at the New York Food and Wine show and was blown away.  Attend this session to see why this New-York-based pastry chef is entrusted with the desserts at a reataurant with Tom Colicchio’s family name.

Stephen Collucci of Colicchio and Sons will be presenting at the chocolate show.

2:30-3:15 Ashley Brauze DB Bistro Moderne Variations on the Chocolate Souffle.  Notes: How do you get to be a pastry chef at one of Daniel Boulud’s restaurants?  For starters it helps to have worked at El Bulli and Per Se.  Here’s a video of Ashley talking to Dessertbuzz about her dessert at the New York Food and Wine Show.

Ashley Brauze of DB Bistro Moderne will talk souffles on Thursday

Saturday’s recommended demos

Dacor Culinary Kitchen Theater  #1:

1:00-1:45 Eric Wolitzky Baked Bakery & Contestant, Bravo’s Top Chef: Just Desserts The Wonder Cake: Marbled Citrus Blackout.  Notes: Eric was earned the respect of his fellow contestants on Bravo’s Top Chef: Just Desserts because of his “zen-like” attitude.  He’s adored by fans everywhere for his incredible simple-yet-killer baked goods.  Last year Eric showed everyone how to make the perfect bundt cake.  An interview with Eric from last year’s chocolate show is here.  An interview during last year’s Top Chef: Just Desserts is  here.

Close-up of Eric Wolitzky's chocolate gingerbread bundt cake

5:00-5:45 Paul A.Young Paul A. Young Fine Chocolates – Adventures with Chocolate.  Notes: Paul is not from New York (he’s from the UK)  but his latest book “Adventures With Chocolate” is really superb.  It has over 80 different recipes!  Paul will also be doing a book signing on Saturday from 6:00-6:30.

Paul Young's Adventures with Chocolate is worth checking out.

Dacor Culinary Kitchen Theater #2:

10:30-11:15 Michelle Tampakis Institute of Culinary Education  – Chocolate Nougat.  Notes: Michelle has taught some of the top pastry chefs in the US and is the best there is at explaining difficult-to-understand pastry concepts to dimwitted bloggers.

4:30-5:15 Andrew Quady Quady Winery Muscat, Moscato and Chocolate.  Notes: They don’t call Andrew Quady the “Muskat King” for nothing–this guys knows dessert wine!  He and his wife almost single handedly brought the dessert wine category to the US.  Don’t miss this session where he talks about dessert wine pairings with some of the chocolates from the show.

Quady Dessert Wines

Sunday’s recommended demos

2:00-2:45  Zac Young Flex Mussels & Contestant, Bravo’s Top Chef: Just Desserts Chocolate Peanut Butter & Jelly Cheesecake.  Notes: Zac ‘s sessions are always packed–and for good reason, not only is Zac a fun and exciting entertainer but his desserts are always huge crowd pleasers.  Zac has been a long time favorite of Dessertbuzz ever since he gave us a pre-fame interview after week 1 of the inaugural season of Top Chef: Just Desserts.  He also told us a bit more about season one of Top Chef: Just Desserts.

Zac Young

3:00-3:45 Johnny Iuzzini Jean Georges & Judge, Bravo’s Top Chef: Just Desserts Creating a Four Star Dessert At Home Presented by Rums of Puerto Rico.  Notes: Johnny Iuzzini, who helped earn Jean Georges three Michelin Stars, is one of the most accomplished pastry chefs in the US.  Recently, he brought his “A-game” to the NY Food & Wine Show.  Johnny is such a seasoned presenter that you would be crazy to miss his demo on Sunday–always the most popular session at the show.  Watch that video here.

Top chef: Just Desserts judge

Recommended book signings:  Saturday 4:30-5:00, Sunday 3:00-3:30 Susan Hochbaum will be signing copies of one of my favorite books of 2011: PastryParis: In Paris Everything Looks like Dessert.  This great book explores through beautiful images, the connection between the pastries of Paris and  selected pieces of Parisian industrial design.

My favorite dessert book of 2011 Susan Hochbaum's PastryParis

Saturday 6:00-6:30 Paul A.Young will be signing copies of his latest book “Adventures With Chocolate“.  As I mentioned earlier, it’s a superb book with tons of great recipes and would  make the perfect gift for the foodies on your holiday list.

Paul Young's Adventures with Chocolate is worth checking out

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4 Responses to “Insider’s guide to the 2011 New York Chocolate Show demo sessions”

Niko, Do you have a discount code to the show? When are you going? I’m thinking Sunday. I’d love to meet you if you’ll be there.

Dina,

I don’t have any codes to the show–However, I’m going to be in and out of the show for the next few days so I would not be able to set a firm time.

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