Houston, TX – On March 6, 2017, more than 150 chefs, shop owners, professionals and culinary students assembled at the famed Culinary Institute Lenôtre in Houston to celebrate Pastry Arts. The event was a congregation of talented individuals who shared knowledge, ideas, experiences and successful initiatives around the Art and the Business of Baking and Pastry today. Guests and panel speakers came from all corners of the country and abroad, from cities such as St Louis, Las Vegas, Dallas, Washington DC, New York, Hawaii and Bordeaux, France.
Attendees particularly enjoyed the wit and wisdom of 26 years White House Executive Pastry Chef: Roland Mesnier and the inspiring speeches of Executive Chef of the River Oaks Country Club and World Traveler: Chef Charles Carroll.
Panels included discussions on the topics of Pastry for Profit, Trends and Innovations, New Regulations and Social Responsibility. Interactive features were introduced such as the option for the public to participate in live polls and live tweet their questions and comments during the panels.
The exciting day showcased the talent of pastry artists in a Chocolate and Sugar Décor Competition. 3 ACF accredited judges chaired by Chef Adam Heath, Executive Chef at the Houston Racquet Club, commented on the quality of the 20 competitors both students and professionals. The First Prize Gold medal was won by Nicolas Blouin, a young pastry chef from the Rosewood Mansion in Dallas, who left the competition with a $2000 prize.
Alain Lenôtre, Nicolas Blouin, Roland Mesnier, Marie Lenôtre
50 % of all proceed of the day was donated to the association Icing Smiles. The Culinary Institute Lenotre hosted 2017 Symposium in celebration of its 100th graduating class, and given the success of the inaugural event, the school plans to make the National Symposium a regular rendez-vous for the people of the industry.