Saturday, August 13, 2011

Meet the Pastry Chefs - Chris Hamner

HOMETOWN: Costa Mesa, CA
RESIDES: Las Vegas, NV
PROFESSION: Owner of The School of Pastry Design
CULINARY EDUCATION: Culinary Certificate from Orange Coast College, CA
FAVORITE SIMPLE FALL DESSERT RECIPE: Vanilla poached apples with white pepper ice cream and cinnamon churros

Chris has worked for some of the best Pastry Chefs in the world. Over the course of his career, he’s worked at the prestigious Bellagio Hotel and multiple Ritz-Carlton hotels. In 2004, Chris became the youngest American to win the title of World Pastry Champion. In 2010, he continued to push the limits of the pastry world by opening The School of Pastry Design because, as he puts it, “I have a passion for helping people reach their goals.” Chris’ favorite thing to make is his very own chocolate chip cookie recipe. If he could have one last meal with anyone, it would be with his wife, Caryn, and he would make almond cake, caramelized bananas, vanilla cremeux and passion fruit sorbet.

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