Chef Cyril Dupuis has quite the track record, including 14 years of pastry experience with Alain Ducasse and a few more with Pierre Hermé at Fauchon. Dupuis moved to Hong Kong in 2011 to take over as pastry chef at InterContinental hotel in Victoria Harbor, where his desserts and tea service are legendary.
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Pastry Chef Ross Alaimo has been with the Mauna Kea for over two decades and is known for creating noteworthy sweets that place a quiet but ever present emphasis on the numerous local fruits and ingredients unique to Hawaii.
If you're passing through Savannah, a pit-stop into Back in the Day Bakery is a must. Restraint isn't rewarded here. Walk out with something reasonable, like a single brownie or a few cookies, and you'll kick yourself for not loading up with a large variety of sweets. Read on for owner Cheryl and Griffith Day's top 5 picks.
If you're in California's capital, Estelle's Patisserie is a good place to get your sugar fix. Its pastry case is fully-stocked with everything from delicate French macarons to big, cakey muffins. Here are some tips from the owner on what to order when you visit.
Stacy Fortner, Executive Pastry Chef at the Tom Douglas empire of restaurants in Seattle, points us toward her top 5 items to try at dahlia bakery.
The dessert menu at the Plant Cafe Organic does include vegan cupcakes and raw cashew cheesecake, but it also features ice cream made with Blue Bottle coffee and cake made with TCHO chocolate. We asked the chefs for their favorite sweets.
At the new brick and mortar shop of beloved Portland farmers' market staple Petunia's Pies & Pastries, you don't have to be vegan or gluten-intolerant to appreciate the abundance of options in the display case (of which pies are just the beginning). Here are owner Lisa Clark's top picks in the shop.
At Sweet Cakes Cafe in Mesa, Arizona, owner Kellie Huntington holds nothing back when it comes to her super sweet Southern desserts. Find out her top five must-try items.
Sarabeth Levine has been a presence in the NYC sweets scene since the 1980s, when she began selling her now famous Orange-Apricot Marmalade out of her home kitchen. Today there are 7 Sarabeth's locations in NYC alone. It can be a challenge to decide which of Sarabeth's delectable pastries to order, so we asked for some help from Sarabeth herself.
The Ritz-Carlton Montréal closed for a four-year gut renovation and when they reopened last summer, they did so with Daniel Boulud's second location of Maison Boulud—the first is in Beijing—attached to the hotel. Pastry Chef David Jubin, formerly of Michel Bras and Le Louis XV in Monaco, heads the sweets department where desserts are simultaneously whimsical and decadent with plenty of nods to the region.
At Huckleberry, everything looks good, so we asked co-owner Zoe Nathan for her top five picks. A unique smattering of sweets made the cut, including the shop's signature item: salted caramel squares.
For me, the choice is always easy: the Pecan Sticky Bun. At 5 inches wide and 3 inches high—yes, I measured it—it's just that much more of everything I want in a sticky bun: gooey caramel, tender dough, and crunchy pecans. Of course sticking to the bun is doing Baker and Banker a disservice. Chef Lori Baker, whose resume includes stints at EOS, Home, Bix, and the Fifth Floor, serves a wide array of treats at her Pacific Heights bakery and restaurant.
Amy's Bread has become a NYC institution since Amy Scherber opened the first location in Hell's Kitchen 1992. Her bread may be what put Scherber on the map, but the bakery also makes some of the best sweets in the city. Amy shares her list of the top 5, must-try sweets from her namesake bakery.
Lady M Cake Boutique on Manhattan's Upper East Side is known for its iconic Mille Crêpes and array of subtly sweet, refined desserts. Here are owner Ken Romaniszyn's top five favorite picks from the bakery.
Erin McKenna started her Lower East Side bakery in the hopes of providing delicious doughnuts, cakes, cookies, muffins, and quick breads for people with dietary restrictions or allergies to wheat, gluten, dairy, casein, and eggs. Then a funny thing happened: non-vegans ate there too. Now with locations in L.A and Orlando, BabyCakes is offering its same roster of sweets to a wider audience. Given that there is literally something for everyone, what should you order? We asked Erin for her top 5 picks.
There's a ton of temptations at the Patisserie inside The Bazaar, José Andrés's tapas spot in Beverly Hills. Luckily, Chef de Cuisine Joshua Whigham has stepped in to give his top five picks for dessert.
Looking for traditional French pastries in Portland, Oregon? The patisserie at St. Jack, helmed by acclaimed pastry chef Alissa Rozos, is your answer.
Proof Bakery owner Na Young Ma says she went to pastry school to learn how to bake bread, and really doesn't have much of a sweet-tooth, which might be why her simple French-style pastries are so well balanced—especially her top 5 favorite items in the shop.
The big draw at Eleni's New York are the decorated "conversation cookies", but the bakery in Chelsea Market also offers crispy cookies, cupcakes, and more. Here are 5 picks from the owner and head cookie maker, Eleni Gianopulos, herself.
What do you get when you transport the bold colors, inventive flavors, and exotic spices of the well-loved Cambridge restaurant Oleana into a cozy bakery and cafe? Sofra, the popular spot created by James Beard Award-winner Ana Sortun and 5-time "Best of Boston" pasty chef Maura Kilpatrick.