If you are in the Pastry Field and live on planet earth then you probably have heard of Ewald Notter. Ewald is an amazing teacher, artist and a very nice person. From the moment you enter the school you are immersed into Ewalds world of sugar and chocolate sculptures. I believe that he could open his own museum with his beautiful works of art. Recently I was able to fill in as an instructor in one of the classes at his new school http://www.notterschool.com/. There were students from all over the world. Each student was fully engaged in learning pastries. If you are in Orlando and love the art of pastry then I highly recommend that you visit this magnificent school!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Everybody has to start somewhere. I started here at Zehnders of Frankenmuth Michigan! This place is amazing. I loved working there! It was a great place to build a foundation. The town of Frankenmuth is so beautiful. It is such a great place to visit. I am very proud of my roots in Michigan. There are many places to see.
My first quest here was to make a perfect croissant. Secondly I had to perfect the "Black Forest" torte. I am still very particular about my "Black Forest" cakes!
Friday, June 6, 2008
If you are going to apply for a position as pastry chef or even an assistant pastry chef position you better have a plan for your taste panel! When I do a taste panel; I envision that I am going to create desserts for very special guests. You will probably be asked to create a show piece, an amenity, a plated dessert and a whole cake. You have to be concious of time and the fact that not all ovens work the same. Bring all your own tools as possible. Allow time to talk briefly with the staff. Just do what you do best!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
This White chocolate cheesecake has a white chocolate gran marnier truffle center. The pistachio tuile adds another layer of visual stimulation. This dessert was avery easy to plate up and was designed for a busy restaurant where the waitstaff was plating desserts. I always try to make plating as visual appealing as possible even if the waitstaff is plating the dessert.
Monday, May 12, 2008
What is my favorite dessert? So many people ask me that! Well this is what I say. I don't have a favorite dessert. What I do have though is a favorite ingredient. You can't buy it, but you can surely taste it. Desserts always taste better when there is passion put into making it. Being a pastry chef is all about love. Your art is a part of many celebrations. When I go out with my family to dinner I like to order more desserts than there is people at the table. To see all the desserts on the table is so much fun! I encourage everyone to sample each others desserts. Have you ever gone out to a fancy restaraunt and just order desserts? Maybe a glass of wine to go with it? Try it! Just remember to order more desserts than people at the table.........
Here I am, making Gingerbread houses on channel 6 "South Florida Today"! The blonde one in the middle (Kelly Craig) was so so funny. Off camera she told a joke that made me blush! This was live. on the outside I was calm, but acually I was so nervous. I have done quite of few live shows. Over all I do like the excitment of live TV!
This Cake was for Shaq's 35th BDay. It was a $500,000 party thrown compliments of the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood Florida. The candles lit up like road flares! Shaq stated that it was a good thing that he didn't have hair like Michael Jackson or his "s--t" would have been burnt off!