The French Pastry School
Chef Mark Seaman
Candies, Cookies, and Cakes for the Holidays
Date: Dec 07 - Dec 09, 2010 (4:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Chef: Mark Seaman, Certified Master Sugar Artist / Chef Instructor
Course level: Enthusiast ♦
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The winter holiday season is the perfect time to bake your favorite recipes, and learn new ones, for gift giving and entertaining. In this new course with Chef Mark Seaman, you will create candies, cookies, and cakes sure to impress your friends and family. Learn how to make traditional gingerbread cookies, hand-decorate cut-out cookies using embossed fondant, royal icing, and stencils, and make handmade cranberry chutney. Still more delicious recipes in this holiday variety include tangerine curd, your own egg nog, an irresistible buche de Noël, homemade fudge, truffles, toffee, and other chocolate and sugar confections. Happy holidays!

This course is accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) for 15 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs).

In 2010, Mark Seaman began teaching in The French Pastry School where he instructs celebration cake design, cake decorating, and other subjects in the various programs offered at the school. Seaman has earned many awards and accolades during his career including being honored by the Condé Nast Bridal Group as a leading Chicago cake stylist and regional wedding expert at the 2004 Wedding Cake March on the Magnificent Mile. Seaman's celebration cake business, Marked for Dessert, was named "The Knot 2007 Best of Weddings Pick," the highest ranking for wedding cakes in the Midwest by The Knot Brides magazine. In 2003 and 2005, Seaman took the Bronze and Silver medals, respectively from the National Wedding Cake Competition. In 2007, he won First Place Honors at the Grand National Wedding Cake Competition in 2007 at the Oklahoma Sugar Arts Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Seaman also guides pastry enthusiasts through the "International Pastry Tour," giving them behind-the-scene looks into pastry and chocolate kitchens throughout France in pastry capitols such as Paris and Lyon.