When she's not overseeing the pastry program at all of the Tom Douglas-owned restaurants in Seattle, Stacy Fortner finds time to satisfy her sugar cravings with an assortment of treats, from deep-fried sesame rice balls to a simple cup of frozen vanilla custard. Read on for all of her current favorites in Seattle.
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Lisa Clark, owner of Petunia's Pies and Pastries, doesn't let multiple food allergies stop her from indulging her sweet tooth in Portland. Her list of gluten, soy, and dairy-free goodies is worth munching your way through whether you've got similar dietary restrictions or not.
Chinese doughnuts, chocolates, and rye-spiked shakes: Jill Severson of Mistral Kitchen sure has a handle on Seattle's sugar scene. Want to find out about all of her favorite treats? Her top picks are right this way.
Megan Vargas is a great source to tap for some of Portland's best sweets. The nominee for Food & Wine's The People's Best New Pastry Chef award has been leading the pastry program at Andina since 2010, and was born and raised in Stumptown. See her favorites, from pastries as rich as a block of butter to a Mexican lollipop bedazzled with gumdrops.
You don't make the Twinknut (that'd be a doughnut that plays homage to the Twinkie) without having a sweet tooth, so it's no surprise that Chef Jason Gehring of Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken knows a thing or two about sweets in town.
Despite being surrounded by some of San Diego's best baked goods on a daily basis, Vivian Hernandez-Jackson, owner of Azúcar, indulges her sweet tooth all over San Diego. From a Lemon Mist Cake to a chocolatey Torte Lion Belge, see all her picks.
As Executive Pastry Chef for Enlightened Hospitality Group's portfolio of restaurants (Burlap, Gabardine, Searsucker, and Herringbone), and owner of BaKING Co., Rachel King spends a lot of time elbow-deep in dough, satisfying San Diego's sugar cravings. So, where does the 2013 nominee for Food and Wine's Best Pastry Chef- West Coast go when she feels like letting someone else do the baking? We found out.
When she's not being honored for desserts like the grilled vanilla bean panna cotta with satsuma sorbet and pistachio brittle at La Petite Grocery, pastry chef Bronwen Wyatt is checking out the sweets in the rest of New Orleans. From pecan pie griddled on a flattop to modern sno balls, check out all her favorites.
Laura Pyles, this year's winner of Food and Wine's Best Pastry Chef- West Coast, is known for her themed dessert menus at Seattle's asian fusion restaurant Revel. Where does the creator of the Moon Pie Parfait and Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie with a potato chip crust go when she's not baking her own sweets? We found out.
Austin may be known for its savory options like BBQ and Tex-Mex, but a number of pastry chefs have begun to put the city's sweets on the map. Plinio Sandalio, pastry chef at The Carillon, located on the University of Texas campus, is one of these dessert masterminds. His modern, seasonally-driven approach has garnered Sandalio praise from both the James Beard Foundation and Star Chefs. See where he likes to get his sweet fix in his current hometown of Austin.
Kathleen King may sell her famed Tate's chocolate chip cookies across the country, but the original store, and her home, is in the East End of Long Island. Find out where she goes to get a sweet bite, all year-round.
As Executive Chef of Huckleberry Bakery and Cafe and co-owner and Head Baker for all of the Rustic Canyon family of restaurants (that'd be Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen, Milo & Olive, Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery, and Sweet Rose Creamery), Zoe Nathan has definitely put her stamp on L.A. Despite her kitchen hopping, Nathan finds time to sample sweets around the city. Here's a guide to her favorites.
Gail Simmons clearly knows a thing or two about choosing great desserts. She hosts the popular TV show Top Chef: Just Desserts, has worked for chef Daniel Boulud, and is on staff at Food & Wine magazine. So where does Gail go when she's sampling sweets on her own time? To an awesome assortment of New York City bakeries, pie shops, and gelaterias, to start.
Whether finding inspiration her first book, Dolce Italiano, or her ever-changing dessert menu at Babbo, Gina DePalma has logged quite a few hours on the Roman sweets scene. Here are some of her favorite places to indulge in dolci tipici alla Romana.
Since 2004, David Lebovitz has used his blog to chronicle the ups, downs, and culinary delights of living in Paris. And we couldn't help but notice that, as a former pastry chef, David tends to focus on all things sweet. In fact he's become the go-to man for Paris pastry, which is a blessing in a city that overflows with sweets. Yes, somehow between blogging, writing cookbooks, and a personal memoir, he found time to sample over 300 pastries in the City of Light. Here are 9 of his top picks.