From traditional chocolate chip cookies to elaborate buttermilk sorbets, the Mpls St. Paul Magazine has picked out some of the best pastry chefs in the Twin Cities.
In this feature Andrew Zimmern emphasizes the differences of each chef's personal history, culinary background, and techniques. The individuality of each chef is reflected in the delectable desserts that they create.
Zimmern gives a description of, what he considers, the top five pastry chefs in the Twin Cities. Christina Kaelberer of Chambers Kitchen, Leah Henderson of D'Amico Cucina, Carrie Summer of Spoonriver, Khanh Tran of Cosmos, and Michelle Gayer of La Belle Vie are among those that made the list.
At Chambers Kitchen, Kaelberer is known for her "passion fruit soufflé with passion fruit caramel and bitter chocolate sorbet." It is considered as "one of the three best desserts in the Twin Cities."
Over at D'Amico Cucina, Henderson likes to whip up a "lemon mascarpone panna cotta with roasted black mission figs, ruby port glaze, and candied spiced pecans."
As for Summer, she likes to stick to the classics, but adds a modern twist to all her dishes. Her "chicory-chocolate cream and sake apricots," are recommended at Spoonriver.
At Cosmos, Tran likes to play with contrasting textures and flavors. Her chocolate tart is a great example of this. She tops it off with white pepper ice cream, smoked hot chocolate, spiced figs, and salted almond praline.
And last but not least, Gayer of La Belle Vie impresses customers with her rustic and classical style. Her menu has not yet been finalized, but customers should be expecting a lot of browned butter.
This piece combines a consumer guide feature and a profile feature into one article. Zimmern not only provides an index of their restaurant's information, but he also personalizes each pastry chef's profile with entertaining anecdotes. I thought providing information about what their "favorite sweet" was was an interesting touch to the feature. Throughout the feature Zimmern provided intricate details, but still kept everything clear and concise.