Quick, how many famous US born pastry chefs can you name (and The Cake Boss doesn’t count)? If you could come up with more than three names give yourself a gold Twinkie. Sadly, there are only a few with true name brand recognition and Johnny Iuzzini is one of them. Iuzzini has directed and worked in some the best pastry kitchens in New York including: Daniel (4 stars from the New York Times), Payard Bistro, Cafe Boulud and finally Jean Georges (3 Michelin stars). He is also a colorful character.
Obviously, Johnny has serious credibility as a pastry chef but that’s not the only reason Bravo booked him as head judge for Top Chef: Just desserts. He was also named New York’s Sexiest Chef back in 2007. There are some great photos of Johnny’s desserts on the blog Culinography. And here’s a Dessertbuzz video of Johnny tasting the desserts of Michelle Tampakis at the Top 10 Pastry Chefs of 2010 Awards:
New York Magazine did a really nice piece on Johnny Iuzzini.
Johnny’s website is here.
More Top Chef: Just Desserts coverage on DessertBuzz:
Go here for an interview with contestant Eric Wolitzky from New York’s Baked bakery.
Go here for the DessertBuzz Top Chef: Just Desserts preview page.
Go here for a closer look at Judge Danielle Kyrillos.
Official Bravo Bios for the judges:
Johnny Iuzzuni – Executive Pastry Chef Jean Georges
Hubert Keller – Owner/Chef Fleur De Lys
Gail Simmons – Food and Wine Magazine
Dannielle Kyrillos – Daily Candy