Culinary Instructor Chlebana Named One of the Nation’s Top Pastry Chefs

JJC Culinary Instructor and Chef Andy Chlebana was named one of the top 10 pastry chefs in the nation by Dessert Professional Magazine, the nation’s leading publication of the pastry, ice cream and chocolate industries.Culinary Instructor Chlebana Named One of the Nation’s Top Pastry Chefs
 
“It is an honor to be one of the ten best,” said Chlebana. “When I was in culinary school, the chefs on this list were the rock stars of the industry. Getting on the list is something I never thought would happen.”
 
The selection is made by the publisher and editors of the magazine, and it is based on how the chefs contribute to the industry. Chlebana is the only educator on the list.
 
“We set out to recognize outstanding chefs who elevate the industry as a whole with their contributions in talent, innovation, and community service,” said magazine publisher Jeff Dryfoos.”
 
These are the chefs who have proven they most embody the spirit of excellence and hospitality that we are all committed to.”
 
Chlebana will be going to the award presentation in New York City on June 3. As part of receiving the award, the honorees will also be preparing the food for the reception.
 
“It gives us a chance to serve our food to the guests and show them what we are capable of making,” said Chlebana. “I am working with raspberry, chocolate and amaretto for my dessert.”
 
Chlebana, of Plainfield, has competed nationally and internationally for years, and his accomplishments include:
 
• 2012 Team USA Coupe du Monde Captain – fourth place
• 2011 ACF Category F6 – first place gold medal
• 2011 Pastry Live National Showpiece Championship – most excellent (best overall)
• 2011 Pastry Live National Showpiece Championship – best chocolate piece
• 2011 Food Network Challenge, Sugar and Candy Fashion – first place
• 2011 ACF Cold Plated Desserts – gold medal
• 2011 US Pastry Competition – fourth place
• 2010 ACF Hot Plated Desserts Team USA Tryouts – silver medal
• 2010 ACF Cold Pastry Buffet Team USA Tryouts – silver medal
• 2010 US Pastry Competition – third place
• 2009 ACF Category F5 – first place, silver medal
• 2009 US Pastry Competition – third place
• 2008 ACF Category P2 – first place, gold medal
• 2008 ACF National Pastry Chef of the Year
• 2008 ACF Central Region Pastry Chef of the Year

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