Michelle Kogan of Morimoto in New York City from Save Room for Dessert with Michelle Kogan of Morimoto (Slideshow)

Save Room for Dessert with Michelle Kogan of Morimoto (Slideshow)

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Michelle Kogan of Morimoto in New York City

The young pastry chef has always had a passion for food. She started out making crêpes with her stepmom before she was even a teenager.

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Spraying the Passionfruit Cake

The passionfruit cake starts with a coating of white chocolate cocoa butter.

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Details

The cake is topped with a miso-hazelnut crumble.

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Hazelnut Gelato

The nuttiness of the ice cream is the perfect complement to the sweet passionfruit cake.

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Milk Chocolate Passion Fruit Cake

"I don’t look for inspiration, I let it find me. It's something that you can’t search for," Kogan says of her desserts.

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Green Tea Cremoso

The matcha cake below is topped with green tea cremoso.

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Mise en Place

Chef Kogan arranges the garnishes of the tiramisu in front of her.

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Sour Cherry Gelato

Most of her desserts include a frozen component, and this one is topped with a tart sour cherry gelato.

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Mascarpone Mousse

The matcha cakes get covered with mousse to be completely hidden.

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Garnishes

Chef Kogan garnishes the tiramisu. "One thing I can say is that I love simplicity and playing with the intersection of two flavors to make a third," she says.

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Matcha Tiramisu

This dessert is piled high with sweet layers.

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Mochi

The mochi selection at Morimoto changes from season to season. Mochi is a slightly sweet traditional Japanese rice cake.

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Kuromitsu

The white chocolate mochi is topped with kuromitsu, a Japanese syrup that's a lighter version of molasses.

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Changing Perceptions

"It's great have the ability to change the perception people have that pastry is unhealthy. Sure, it can be, but it doesn’t have to be," Kogan says while finalizing the mochi dessert.

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White Chocolate Kinako with Kuromitsu

Kogan has mastered making a light and flavorful dessert in one bite.

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