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JWU Alums Make Food & Wine’s “Best New Pastry Chefs” List

February 10, 2012 - After 24 years of naming America’s best new chefs, Food & Wine is ready for dessert — and they’re asking the public to vote for the up-and-coming pâtissier who truly deserves the title “People’s Best New Pastry Chef.”

Of 50 nominees nationwide, 6 JWU alumni made the list:

  • John Paul Carmona '05, Manresa, Los Gatos, Calif.
  • Jaime Davis '07, No. 9 Park, Boston, Mass.
  • Melissa Denmark '10, Gracie’s, Providence, RI
  • Kelly Fields '02, August, New Orleans, LA
  • Devin McDavid '06, Quince, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Alissa Rozos '06, St. Jack, Portland Ore

Although they embody different culinary traditions, styles and influences, the chosen chefs have one thing in common: extraordinary desserts.

Young Chefs, Extraordinary Desserts
The nominees were chosen by Food & Wine’s editors because they’re young and driven (all have been in charge of a kitchen for less than 5 years) — and are creating desserts no-one’s seen before.

“There is so much innovation in the pastry world right now, and we’re excited to have the chance to celebrate it,” Food & Wine editor-in-chief Dana Cowin told Eater.com.

Winner to Be Profiled in Food & Wine
The people’s favorite will be profiled in the May issue, along with the editor-chosen list of America’s Best New Chefs.

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