2nd Annual StarChefs.com International Pastry Competition

2nd Annual StarChefs.com International Pastry Competition
  • Presented by PreGel

    Old Money - Benjamin Schiller of Boka

    2011 Pastry Competition Winner Ramon Perez

    Congratulations to Ramon Perez of Los Angeles' Puur Chocolat, this year's winner of the 2nd Annual StarChefs.com International Pastry Competition presented by PreGel. This year’s sweet showdown took place at the 6th Annual StarChefs.com International Chefs Congress, October 1 – 4 in New York City.

    A select group of 20 international and U.S. pastry chefs competed for the grand prize and a year's worth of bragging rights. The format we introduced at last year’s competition emphasized courses of plated desserts, and it was designed to let the fine-dining restaurant pastry chef shine. This year was no different. The competition focused on elements critical to the execution of a well-rounded dessert menu: pre-dessert, plated dessert, bonbons, chocolate centerpiece, and entremets.

    The competitors made their pastry magic happen on the ICC Main Stage while Congress attendees looked on. Bad boy Pastry Chef Johnny Iuzzini of Jean Georges in New York and a judge on "Top Chef: Just Desserts" was the official Executive Pastry Chef of the competition; guest judges included Pierre Hermé, David Burke, François Payard, Claudia Fleming, Elizabeth Falkner, Ron Paprocki, Curtis Duffy and Jeffrey Steingarten of Vogue. Dishes were evaluated on presentation, execution, creativity, taste, and theme.

    Pastry Competitors

    Name Restaurant
    Cicely Austin The Oval Room
    Joseph Baker Texas Spice
    Antonio Bachour KNR Restaurant Group
    Bettina Clair Blue Hill Tavern
    Dana Cree Kadeau
    Kymberli DeLost Japonais
    Christopher Ford Rogue 24
    Meg Galus Park Hyatt Chicago
    Ian Gresik Drago Centro
    Manabu Inoue Morimoto
    Christina Kaelberer Market by Jean Georges
    Jiho Kim L'Espalier
    Chris Leung Conāt
    Rory MacDonald Dram
    John Park Lukshon
    Ramon Perez Comme Ça
    Katie Rosenhouse The Burke Group
    Max Santiago Gansevoort Miami Beach
    Vera Tong Buddakan
    Jennifer Yee SHO Shaun Hergatt

    Alternate Pastry Competitors

    Name Restaurant
    Luisa DeGirolamo Piping Rock Club


  • Old Money - Benjamin Schiller of Boka
    Emcee Keegan Gerhard talks while the pastry competitors prepare their dishes

    What is the StarChefs.com International Pastry Competition?

    • An original, three-day pastry competition designed to showcase the creativity of the most talented pastry chefs in the industry
    • 20 pastry chefs compete for the chance to win the grand prize (a stage in a top pastry kitchen)

    Pre-competition, October 1: Pastry training and prep for Round 1

    Round 1, October 2: Pre-dessert competition

    Round 2, October 3: Plated dessert competition

    Round 3, October 4: Finalists create three corresponding chocolate desserts, each showcasing a different technique

    The first and second days of the competition are elimination rounds, culminating in three finalists on the Main Stage during the last day of the ICC. Each of the three competition rounds will be judged based on criteria specific to the items being created and presented that day.

    Round 1: 20 chefs compete for 10 spots to advance to Round 2.

    Round 2: 10 chefs compete for three finalist spots and prizes and advance to the final round.

    Round 3: 1 pastry chef wins the grand prize.


    Grand Prize:

    • $5,000 and an invitation to teach a 5-Star Pastry Series Seminar with media promotion, including airfare, stipend, and accommodations near the PreGel Professional Training Center in North Carolina. Presented by PreGel
    • $5,000 voucher to be used toward the purchase of any piece of Bravo equipment, presented by Bravo
    • VIP pass to attend 3 days of free classes at the Cacao Barry Training Center
    • A Baxter Hybrid Convection Oven
    • $2,000 of Waring Commercial products
    • Opportunity to be a judge at the 2012 StarChefs.com International Pastry Competition
    • Profile on StarChefs.com

    Round Two Finalists:
    Each of the three chefs who move on to the final round will receive the following prizes:

    • $3,000 voucher to be used toward the purchase of any piece of Bravo equipment, presented by Bravo
    • $2,000 voucher to be used toward the purchase of any piece of Carpigiani equipment, presented by Carpigiani 
    • Hobart N50 5-quart mixer, presented by Hobart
    • Waring Commercial Combination Food Processor with LiquiLock Seal System - Model WFP14SC, presented by Waring
    • Traveler “Culinarist” Tote, presented by Trannon Culinary
    • Profile on StarChefs.com

    Round One Finalists:
    Each of the 10 chefs who move on to round 2 will receive the following prizes:

    • Waring Commercial Spice Grinder- Model WSG30, presented by Waring

    A separate demonstration kitchen will be available to continuing competitors on days one and two for their mise-en-place between elimination rounds.

    Pre Gel America
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    hobart Unified Brands Waring Commercial
    The Perfect Puree Baxter Logo Baker's Pride Logo
    Demarle Logo E. Guittard Logo Electrolux
    Plateware provided by Steelite International

    Pantry Products Provided by US. Foods