Category Archives: Pastry Chefs

Meet the Chefs of Sugar Rush…Kenny Hoshino

Growing up in Newton,
Massachusetts, Kenny Hoshino found comfort in the kitchen from a young age,
watching and pitching in as his parents and siblings cooked hearty dishes like
chicken cutlets, matzo ball soup and on special occasions, his father’s favorite
sushi recipes.  

It wasn’t until his time spent
studying Neuroscience at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that he
exercised that love for cooking outside of home with a job at a local
Bertucci’s pizza restaurant. There, Kenny moved around the kitchen quickly, making
pizza dough and testing his hand at every station.

After graduating from UMass
with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience in 2009, Kenny took a position …

 

Meet the Chefs…Sarah Williams, Head Baker Seven Stars Bakery

Sarah William, Head Baker Seven Stars Bakery

Sarah hails from Pennsylvania, where she grew an affinity for baking and pastry. Prior to attending Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Sarah worked at Crossroads Bake Shop. Sarah has been an integral part of the Seven Stars Bakery team for 13 years, leading both the Pastry and Bread Departments as the Production Manager and Head Baker. Sarah enjoys creating new recipes and all things fermented.

Sarah always creates a delicious cookie for Rhode Island Bakes for Breast Cancer. Visit any of their three locations and get their cookie …

 

Meet the Chefs… Pastry Chef Deanne Steffen Chinn of Fool’s Errand

Pastry Chef Deanne Steffen Chinn As a child growing up in Manchester, NH, Dee was always interested in cooking. She spent countless hours observing, learning, and working in the kitchen with her mother and grandmother. At 13, she was fortunate to witness for the first time a 6-foot wedding cake being made. Dee marveled at the care and attention to detail that went into the cake and she knew right there and then that she wanted to work with desserts. Little did she know she was about to embark on a successful career in Pastry Arts. After …

 

Meet the Chefs… Pastry Chef, Shawn Dresser of Rowes Wharf Sea Grille

Pastry Chef Shawn Dresser

Shawn was born and raised in Abington, Massachusetts, Shawn Dresser realized his passion for culinary at the young age of eight. He found a love for cooking shows and admired through his screen the talents of Julia Child and Jacques Pépin. Picking up new skills along the way, Shawn committed to cooking full Sunday dinners for his family, unknowingly beginning his successful career in hospitality.

Despite his young age, Shawn always showed an eagerness to learn and grow as a chef- even asking for a wok on his 10th birthday! This drive and passion to succeed only grew …

 

Meet the Chefs… Kerry Levesque of Artisan Bistro

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With just over a decade of professional pastry experience,
including a degree from the Culinary Institute of America, Kerry Levesque has become one of the youngest
talents to helm The Ritz-Carlton, Boston’s hotel pastry program. In her role as
Pastry Supervisor at the hotel, she has elevated the pastry program to
widespread acclaim. According to the hotel’s Executive Chef Robert
Bruce, Kerry’s pastry department touches every area of the hotel,
from desserts in Artisan Bistro and Avery Bar, to seasonal ballroom buffets
with extravagant party stations, to creating highly personalized
and themed guest amenities. She’s also been the creative force behind the
hotel’s holiday pastry décor which is seen and …

 

Cape & Islands Bakes for Breast Cancer Research

Are you located in Cape & Islands and part of a restaurant, bakery, café, retail shop, online bakery, chocolate shop, ice cream shop, or supermarket, and love to bake or have a dessert to offer for a good cause? Would you love to help make some desserts to support breast cancer research? Join us, get involved, and participate in our Cape & Islands Bakes event to raise money for breast cancer research.
The Cape has a 20% higher rate of breast cancer than the national average, and we want this event to grow by leaps and bounds because we have …

 

Meet Linnea Blake, one of the Chefs of Sugar Rush 2017

Pastry Chef Linnea Blake of Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks is one of  five of the extraordinary Pastry Chef’s taking part in Sugar Rush 2017 on Monday, July 17 at 6:00 PM at the Rail Stop in Brighton.  Get your ticket on EventBrite and join us as we not only enjoy a 5-course dessert tasting but raise much needed money for breast cancer research.
Linnea Blake,Pastry Chef Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks
Chef Linnea Blake directs the pastry program at Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, including the entire Hotel Commonwealth Events Program and The Hawthorn. Linnea grew up in Milford in Worcester …

 

Meet Stacy Mirabello, one of the Chefs of Sugar Rush 2017

 Chef Stacy Mirabello of Johnson & Wales University is one of  five of the extraordinary Pastry Chef’s taking part in Sugar Rush 2017 on Sunday, July 16 at 6:00 PM at the Rail Stop in Brighton.  Get your ticket on EventBrite and join us as we not only enjoy a 5-course dessert tasting but raise much needed money for breast cancer research.
Chef Stacy MirabelloJohnson & Wales University
Stacy Mirabello is an associate chef instructor for the International Baking and Pastry Institute at Johnson & Wales University. As a Boston native, she grew up appreciating food at a very young age. Upon …

 

Meet Shaun Velez, one of the Chefs of Sugar Rush 2017

Executive Pastry Chef Shaun of Deuxave is one of  five of the extraordinary Pastry Chef’s taking part in Sugar Rush 2017 on Sunday, July 16 at 6:00 PM at the Rail Stop in Brighton.  Get your ticket on EventBrite and join us as we not only enjoy a 5-course dessert tasting but raise much needed money for breast cancer research.
Executive Pastry Chef Shaun Velez of Deuxave Photo Andy Ryan
Executive Pastry Chef Shaun Velez was born and raised in Bronx, New York. Upon graduating from the prestigious French Culinary Institute in 2008, Chef Velez established his career in the award-winning kitchens …

 

Meet Valerie Nin, one of the Chefs of Sugar Rush 2017

Executive Pastry Chef Valerie Nin of Grill 23 & Bar is one of  five of the extraordinary Pastry Chef’s taking part in Sugar Rush 2017 on Monday, July 17 at 6:00 PM at the Rail Stop in Brighton.  Get your ticket on EventBrite and join us as we not only enjoy a 5-course dessert tasting but raise much needed money for breast cancer research.
Valerie NinExecutive Pastry ChefGrill 23 & Bar
Valerie Nin is the Executive Pastry Chef at Grill 23 & Bar, Boston’s premier steakhouse and seafood grill, where she oversees the restaurant’s pastry program. Valerie uses seasonal ingredients to create …