Metro Dining Guide pastry operations better. Seminole Hard Rock Tampa has a large operation and most of my time is spent communicating and building relationships with other departments. M: What is your favorite dessert/pastry to eat? S: I love a fresh, warm fruit pie (apple or berry), with a scoop of fresh vanilla bean ice cream. A classic comfort food. M: When you are not in the kitchen, what do you like to do? S: When I’m not in the kitchen, I love to be outdoors; taking walks, gardening and enjoying fresh air. M: Tell us a bit more about the Global Chefs Pastry Challenge. S: It was a great honor to be asked to represent the USA in the Global Pastry Chef Challenge. In order to be considered, you have to win a national pastry title. In July 2014, I accomplished this by winning the ACF National Pastry Chef Competition. Afterwards, I was invited to represent the USA in the Regional Global Pastry Challenge, which was held in Quito, Ecuador in October 2015. This was a particularly difficult competition, as my pallet of molds and equipment never arrived in Quito and I had to scramble around the city to find new equipment and items to recreate my custom molds. For the regional competition, I had six hours to create a two foot custom chocolate showpiece and five of the same high end desserts. In the end, that hard work and practice before hand paid off and I won the title of Regional Global Pastry Chef. The final step is the World Competition in Thessaloniki, Greece, which is this September. I leave on September 20 to represent the USA and Seminole Hard Rock Tampa in the finals. I will have eight hours to complete a chocolate gateau, five of the same high end desserts and a custom chocolate showpiece made to be over four feet tall; all of which will incorporate the competition theme, “Tales and Legends of Greece.” M
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