Monday, November 17, 2008

New gluten-free cookbook from CIA chef-instructor

As nutritional therapies—like a gluten-free diet—gain more and more attention in battles against everything from wheat allergies to celiac disease to autism, many parents are seeking gluten-free recipes that round out and complete their children's diets. Luckily, those parents eager not to miss out on important food milestones, like a first birthday cake or an afternoon of cookie baking, now have a new resource: a complete cookbook of gluten-free baked goods, compliments of renowned chef and Culinary Institute of America professor of baking and pastry arts Richard J. Coppedge, Jr., C.M.B.

With a foreword by George Chookazian, founder of Foods By George, chef Coppedge's Gluten-Free Baking with The Culinary Institute of America: 150 Flavorful Recipes from the World's Premier Culinary College (Adams Media; October) grants the gluten-sensitive the opportunity to indulge in gooey cinnamon buns, crusty French bread, savory pizza and schmear-worthy bagels. With nutritional analysis accompanying each recipe, chef Coppedge shows readers how to use alternatives to gluten in baking such favorites as: maple pecan tart, pineapple upside down cake, cream cheese rugalach, molten chocolate cake, ham and cheese scones, potato leek quiche, and black bottom cake with cherry compote.

Whether first-time bakers or professional chefs, readers will find the baking techniques in this book to be comprehensive and easy to master. Using a combination of chef Coppedge's flour blends, readers will soon be creating pies, tarts, cookies, brownies, savories and pastries sure to satisfy any palate—gluten-sensitive or not.

The French Pastry School names
three new chef-instructors

The French Pastry School recently added three chef-instructors to its faculty: master baker Jonathan Dendauw, former World Pastry Cup champion En-Ming Hsu and 2008 World Pastry Cup champion Dimitri Fayard.

Dendauw’s devotion to Artisan bread-making has taken him all across France and the United States. Originally from a small town in Belgium, Dendauw began his baking apprenticeship in Nimes, France through a centuries-old organization called Les Compagnons du Devoir. Most recently, the Compagnons took Dendauw to La Farm Bakery in Cary, N.C., where he worked under master baker Lionel Vatinet.

Hsu’s accomplishments over the past 15 years include numerous awards and accolades. In 2001, as team captain of the U.S. World Pastry Cup team, she lead the United States to victory in Lyon, France. That year, her team won by the largest margin ever achieved. An apprentice of The French Pastry School’s co-founder Sébastien Canonne, MOF, Hsu will begin teaching at the school in January 2009, focusing on plated desserts instruction.

Originally from Auch, France, Fayard first came to the United States at age 19 to work for François Payard's Payard Pâtisserie and Bistro in New York City. In 2000, he became the assistant pastry chef at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. In 2003, he and his wife Keli Fayard opened Vanille Pâtisserie in Chicago. Chef Fayard specializes in flavor profiles and will teach the French cakes and tarts portion of the school's 24-week "L'Art de la Pâtisserie" program beginning in January 2009.