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The French Pastry School | October 16, 2012

Congratulations to Maria Quinn, graduate of both L'Art de la Pâtisserie '12 and L'Art de la Boulangerie '12 and current intern of The French Pastry School, who competed in America's Best Raisin Bread Contest in Manhattan, Kansas. After months of preparation, Quinn took home the grand prize in the Student Commercial Category for her Banana-Raisin Bread that she called, "Not Your Grandma's Banana Bread"!


The French Pastry School | September 20, 2012

Chicago, Illinois (September 20, 2012) – Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, Co-Founder of The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College at City Colleges of Chicago, has been named many things in his exceptional career in pastry: Pastry Chef of the Year at the 2004 World Pastry Forum; Celebrity Pastry Chef of the Year at the 2005 Jean Banchet Awards; and a King of Pastry in the 2009 documentary, Kings of Pastry, to name a few.   In recognition of his achievements, the Chicago Culinary Museum inducted Chef Pfeiffer into the Chefs Hall of Fame at their Seventh Annual Fundraising Dinne

The French Pastry School | September 20, 2012
Happy Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer Day! Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared that September 20, 2012 be a day of appreciation for our co-founding chef in Chicago. We at The French Pastry School have lots of plans in store for today - how will you celebrate?
The French Pastry School | September 19, 2012

Join The French Pastry School at Hilton Towers Hotel for the 7th Annual Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame Fundraising Dinner and Awards Presentation! Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, Co-Founder and Academic Dean of Student Affairs, will be the first pastry chef ever inducted.  Chef Graham Elliot of Chicago's Graham Elliot, Grahamwich, and G.E.B. will also be inducted into the Chefs Hall of Fame alongside previous inductees like Charlie Trotter, Rick Bayless, Art Smith, Carrie Nahabedian, and Priscila Satkoff.

The French Pastry School | September 11, 2012

Scores of talented women from all facets of the food industry gathered at The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College at City Colleges of Chicago on Friday, September 7th to celebrate Les Dames d’Escoffier, a worldwide society of female culinary professionals that encourages the achievements of women in the hospitality field.  “La Grande Fête: A French Salute to Julia and Joan” was the kick-off event of Les Dames d’Escoffier Chicago Chapter’s Culinary Insiders Weekend which celebrated the organization’s 30th anniversary and helped raise money for their schola

The French Pastry School | September 11, 2012

Congratulations to alumnus of L'Art de la Patisserie, Jen Templeton '06! Her new business, Gingersnap Sweets, was featured today on Tasting Table. We can't wait to try it; here's the taste!

The French Pastry School | September 4, 2012

Students begin a new 16-week session of L’Art du Gâteau, The Professional Cake Baking and Decorating Program.

The French Pastry School | August 25, 2012

Chef Della Gossett of The French Pastry School gave a free demonstration at Whole Foods - South Loop as part of Pastry Chicago's Fifth Annual Amateur/ Student Cookie Competition.  Taking inspiration from the contest's Almond and California Raisin theme, Chef Gossett made Wholesome Back to School Cookies with a crunchy and smooth almond and raisin filling.  To get the recipe, send a request to

The French Pastry School | August 14, 2012

Chicago, Illinois (August 14, 2012) – The heady aroma of bread fresh from the oven heralded the graduation of L’Art de la Boulangerie, the Professional Bread Baking Course at The French Pastry School.  Fourteen students from around the country and world celebrated the conclusion of their eight week experience with a lively ceremony and impressive buffet of expertly-baked breads and breakfast pastries.  The festivities were joined by The French Pastry School’s guest speaker, Michael Garbin, Executive Chef

The French Pastry School | August 9, 2012

Anne Shaeffer ‘09, alumnus of The French Pastry School and owner of Sulpice Chocolat, won PopSugar’s Stand Out Contest earning her a $5,000 prize to help fund her business.  As part of the prize, PopSugar created a video profile of how Anne found her passion for pastry.  Watch the video here!