Can you imagine being the judge at one of America's most prestigious pastry competitions? Spending your whole day tasting desserts and chocolate recipes? Talk about heaven!
One of Florida's fabulous pastry chefs was just awarded the coveted title of Pastry Chef of the Year at the 25th annual U.S. Pastry Competition on March 2, 2014. Pastry Chef Yoshikazu Kizu from The Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes, earned the title with his highly technical piece, sculpted from sugar and chocolate with a Beauty and the Beast theme.
The U.S. Pastry Competition is hosted annually by Paris Gourmet, a specialty food importer and distributor. Board members of the Société Culinaire Philanthropique, one of the oldest chef associations in the world, presided over the judging and Chef Kizu competed against 12 rising chefs for the title of Pastry Chef of the Year.
Grande Lakes Orlando, comprised of The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott hotels, is home to an award-winning pastry team. In addition to producing creative sweets, the resort has a commitment to sustainable cuisine, baking all its bread in-house and sourcing ingredients from the resort’s on-site Whisper Creek Farm. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes will open a new three-meal-a-day restaurant, Highball & Harvest, in late summer 2014.
For more information about The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, visit their website at Ritzcarlton.com/Orlando