Tuesday, October 28, 2008

2008 World Pastry Champion joins The French Pastry School

2008 World Pastry Champion, Dimitri Fayard has joined the faculty as Chef Instructor at The French Pastry School in Chicago . Fayard and his team won the World Pastry Championship in August of this year. He was named one of the Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America in 2007. Chef Fayard specializes in flavor profiles and will teach the French cakes and tarts portion of the 24-week "L'Art de la Pâtisserie" program beginning in January, 2009.

Fayard came to Chicago from Las Vegas where he had been an Assistant Pastry Chef at the Bellagio Hotel. In 2002 he was part of the opening team at the Hotel Sofitel Water Tower as the Executive Pastry Chef. One year later, he and his wife, Keli Fayard opened their business, Vanille Pâtisserie in Chicago.

Additional awards include three gold medals at the Atlanta Pastry Classic Competition in 2001. He took the silver medal at the National Pastry Championship in 2003. Fayard and his team took the gold medal at the 2008 World Pastry Championship in Nashville, Tennessee.

"Dimitri shows great devotion to the art of pastry," said Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-owner and co-founder of The French Pastry School. "He'll be an inspiration to his students as someone who continually challenges himself."

Originally from Auch, France, Fayard first came to the United States at age 19 to work for François Payard's Pâtisserie and Bistro in New York City. In 2000, he became the Assistant Pastry Chef at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, doing pastry production for four restaurants, a 24-hour café, two pastry shops, room service, desserts, and all wedding cakes.

The French Pastry School, founded by Chefs Jacquy Pfeiffer and Sebastien Canonne, M.O.F. , offers the best possible pastry instruction taught by master pastry chefs who have attained the highest achievements in their craft. Our programs are ideal for anyone interested in pastry from the career changer to the professional to the novice.

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