For 27 years, the U.S. Pastry Competition, hosted by Paris Gourmet, has provided opportunities for experienced professionals and up-and-coming pastry chefs to display the best of their talents. As the most prestigious pastry competition in the country, the event has long been an incredible opportunity for networking and career advancement.
This year, a team of three ICE pastry students—Pooja Jhunjhunwala, Marcela Torres and Anne Roche—entered the competition’s Junior Pastry Challenge. Mentored by ICE Chefs Kathryn Gordon and Michael Laiskonis, the students were charged with submitting a plated dessert, petits fours and a showpiece inspired by the theme “Magic and Illusions.”
Competing alongside students from other culinary schools, the trio were thrilled to bring home the second place award. “Seeing our showpiece in the context of all the other students—ours was the most different. In terms of technique, we really maximized the skills we learned, and it was great to see that recognized,” adds Pooja.
Read on for more on the students' experience at the competition.