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Breaking News – Valrhona C³ Coming to the Tenth Annual StarChefs ICC in Brooklyn!

After a brief hiatus, the StarChefs International Chefs Congress is back with another competition for pastry chefs and its bigger than ever! If you are an American or Canadian pastry chef, an expert with chocolate and want to test your mettle […]

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Chocolate Musings

Tastes change. Perhaps it is more accurate to state, however, that tastes evolve over time. Some times that evolution comes full circle. Such has been the case for me when it comes to chocolate. I LOVE chocolate! I have always […]

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The Pastry Artistry of Antonio Bachour at The J&G Grill and The St.Regis Bal Harbour Resort

I first came across Antonio Bachour‘s work during the 2nd annual StarChef’s Pastry Competition in 2011. Bachour was one of three finalists. His work was visually very impressive. From that time on, I began to notice and see more and […]

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A Taste of the Best – International Chocolate Awards

I was recently having dinner with indefatigable double James Beard Award winner¹ Maricel Presilla, her husband, my wife and our son at her wonderful Hoboken Cuban-Latino restaurant Zafra when Maricel started talking about The International Chocolate Awards and invited me […]

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Culinary Pilgrimages: Part 7 – Lovely Lyon

Our timing for the drive to the train station was good. With a 12 noon train, we missed the rush hour traffic and made it to Brussels with plenty of time to find the Car Rental return and get our […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

May your day be filled with love and great chocolate! This photo was taken at The Chocolate Line in Antwerp, Belgium.
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Sunday Photo – Hot Chocolate at Mast Brothers

I recently visited the Mast Brothers Chocolate Tasting Room and Store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where I literally felt like a kid in a candy store. Their bean to bar chocolate is world class and arguably the best produced in the […]

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Sunday Photo – Happy Easter!

This photo was taken earlier this year at Bernachon in Lyon, France. It is of molds used to make chocolate chicks for Easter. The chocolates at Bernachon, are, in my opinion, as good as it gets. Hope your Easter is […]

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Michael Laiskonis Does Chocolate

Michael Laiskonis, one of the world's great pastry chefs, a very smart man, great writer and super guy recently went to a chocolate plantation in the DR, where he he followed the cycle of cacao from beginning to end and […]

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Under the Wynn: Pastry and Bread – Part One – Pastry

I have been to a number of medical meetings including some in Las Vegas. It is not unusual for them to supply a continental breakfast in the morning before the meeting gets going. It is unusual for that breakfast to […]

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