Monday, July 25, 2011

Netherland Plaza Chef on Bravo's Top Chef Just Desserts

The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza's Pastry Chef Megan Ketover will be appearing on Bravo's "Top Chef Just Desserts". Ketover will compete against 14 pastry chefs for a $100,000 prize through a variety of dessert oriented challenges when the show's second season premieres on Wednesday, August 24 at 10:00pm.

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza has a long history with chefs in competitions. Ketover competed on the Food Network's "Challenge" in 2009 where she created a replica of the Cincinnati Roebling Suspension Bridge out of rice cereal treats. She was also named the American Culinary Federation's Northeast's Pastry Chef of the Year in 2009 and competed for the national title against three other pastry chefs. Todd Kelly, executive chef and food and beverage director, competed Sunday, July 24 for the American Culinary Federation's National Chef of the Year in Dallas, Texas. Kelly competed against three other chefs after being named the Northeast's Chef of the Year in March.

"We are delighted that Chef Ketover was selected to be one of the contestants on Bravo's 'Top Chef Just Desserts'. Her high level of imagination, creativity and execution make her a natural for a show like this and a huge asset to our organization," said Michel Sheer, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza managing director.

Kelly added, "Megan's excellent work in delivering creative dessert solutions for our customers is a very important part of the overall value that the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza delivers to our guests."

A Cincinnati native, Ketover is also a Certified Executive Pastry Chef and summa cum laude graduate of the Midwest Culinary Institute (MCI) in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduation from MCI, Ketover worked in the pastry kitchen at Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza before returning to MCI as a Pastry Chef Instructor. She worked in Bakery Hill, the retail bakery outlet of the school where she created wedding and specialty cakes, as well as custom pastries and desserts. Ketover was also the prep chef on "The Dish," a local weekly television show filmed at MCI. She returned to the hotel in 2010 as head pastry chef where she is responsible for the desserts and baked goods for The Restaurants at Palm Court and the hotel's meeting and banquet functions.

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