The Finalists Have Been Announced for the 2017 US Pastry Competition at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York

The finalists will create exhibits centered around the theme, Modern Masters Come to Chocolate

NEW YORK, NY, January 23, 2017 - Rising stars of the pastry world will compete for the coveted title of Pastry Chef of the Year at Paris Gourmet's U.S. Pastry Competition taking place at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York on Sunday, March 5 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.  The theme for the 2017 competition is Modern Masters Come to Chocolate. The finalists will have three hours to set-up their exhibit and will be permitted one assistant. All attendees of the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York are invited to see the illustrious showpieces created by America's leading pastry chefs throughout the duration of the Show.  

"We are thrilled to be hosting the 28th annual Pastry Chef of the Year Competition," said Ron Mathews, Vice President for the Urban Expositions Family of Foodservice Events.  "This special event has consistently been a highlight on the show floor, and we look forward to welcoming the competitors and an esteemed panel of judges to critque and select the next Pastry Chef of the Year." 

The U.S. Pastry Competition is America's most prestigious pastry competition. The event allows leading pastry chefs to showcase their talents by creating "petite gateau buffet" (mini cake/dessert display) and a plated dessert, exhibited along with highly technical chocolate sculpted showpieces using Cacao Noel brand chocolate. Board members of the Societe Culinaire Philanthropique, one of the oldest and most prestigious chef associations in the world, will preside over the judging procedures.

Contest awards will total over $16,000.00. Finalists for this year's competition come from across the nation and include:

  • Jeremy Archereau, Restaurant Daniel (NY)                  
  • Francois Behuet, Francois Payard Patisserie (NY) 
  • Manuel Bouillet, Barry Callebaut (IL)              
  • Isaac Carter, Facebook HQ, Menlo Park (CA)
  • John Cook, Norman Love Confections (FL)      
  • Ariety Estevez, Loews Atlanta Hotel (GA) 
  • Romuald Guiot, Pitchoun Bakery (LA)                         
  • Laura Lachowecki, Woodstock Country Club (IN)         
  • Timothy Maguire, Icahn Assoc. (NC) 
  • Robert Nieto, Jackson Family Wines (CA)                    
  • Richie Pratadaja, FIKA (NY) 
  • Deden Putra, The Peninsula (NY)                                
  • Joel Reno, French Pastry School (IL)
  • Rocio Varela, The Fort Worth Club (TX) 
  • Jordan Weston Snider, Fairmount Grand Del Mar (CA) 

The event is hosted by Paris Gourmet, a leading specialty food importer and distributor sourcing products worldwide with service throughout North America. The event is co-sponsored by Cacao Noel Chocolate, Pastry 1 (pastry ingredients), Beurremont Butter, Gourmand and Maison de Choix.  For more information, visit

The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York, sponsored by the New York State Restaurant Association, will bring together 550+ vendors and 16,000 restaurant, foodservice and retail professionals to the Jacob Javits Convention Center March 5-7, 2017.  Attendees of the Expo will have the opportunity to participate in over 30 educational sessions at the Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum, the gold standard, industry-leading educational conference dedicated to foodservice professional development. For more information, visit or


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