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The French Pastry School | January 17, 2013
Balena's Peter Becker and Amanda Rockman

Peter Becker, L'Art de la Patisserie '09, was named Best Baker by Chicago Tribune's 2013 Dining Awards for his work at Balena and The Bristol! Congratulations, Peter! To read the full article, visit Chicago Tribune's website.

The French Pastry School | January 7, 2013

Over eighty students began their first week of The French Pastry School's full-time programs, L'Art de la Pâtisserie and L'Art du Gâteau, today. The programs begin with the students gaining sanitation certifications and lectures on everything from the history of pastry to the roles of ingredients in a recipe. The students will graduate with a strong understanding of pastry making or cake-decorating in 24-weeks and 16-weeks, respectively.

The French Pastry School | December 22, 2012

Amy Hansen '06 is ready for the holidays with her homemade and internationally-curated selection of candies at Amy's Candy Bar, located in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood. Steve Dolinsky of ABC7's Hungry Hound featured her business and its delicious merchandise in this video feature.

The French Pastry School | December 18, 2012

Chicago, Illinois (December 18, 2012) – Among the myriad of food-centric conventions that take place in the Windy City every year, the first ever Chicago Fine Chocolate Show brought a unique spin to attendees at Navy Pier from November 16- 18th.

The French Pastry School | December 13, 2012

Congratulations to graduate, Nicole Betourney '09, on opening her storefront of her business, Isn't That Sweet, in LaGrange, IL. She was featured in this article by LaGrange Patch:

The French Pastry School | December 12, 2012

Amy's Candy Bar, owned by graduate Amy Hansen '06, was named one of the 5 Best New Candy Shops by Food & Wine magazine!  Stop by her shop for homemade treats like caramels and nougat.


The French Pastry School | December 11, 2012

Chris Kadow-Dougherty '06 just opened her first Whimsical Candy storefront on 175 N Franklin - the new move was featured in this article by Chicago.

The French Pastry School | December 9, 2012

The winner of Pastry Chicago's Gingerbread Competition, and current L'Art de la Pâtisserie student, Kelsey Sewell, was featured in

The French Pastry School | December 2, 2012

Join Chef Pierre Zimmermann of The French Pastry School for a free pastry demonstration at Pastry Chicago's Gingerbread House Competition at The Drake Hotel! Entries for competitors are welcome until Friday, November 30th - you can find the entry form and more details about the competition here. To attend the free demonstration, simply RSVP to  We're looking forward to seeing you there!