Friday, August 7, 2009

National champion joins The French Pastry School faculty

Pastry chef Mark Seaman has joined the faculty of The French Pastry School at City Colleges of Chicago as a chef-instructor. Seaman, who won first place honors* at the 2007 Grand National Wedding Cake Competition at the Oklahoma Sugar Arts Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma, specializes in sugar art, special occasion and wedding cake design, and styling. He will be one of the instructors teaching the 16-week L'Art du Gâteau (The Professional Cake Decorating and Baking Program) beginning August 2010.

Seaman's nationally recognized style and cake creations have been featured on a number of television programs, and he has judged many cake competitions. Seaman also was the proprietor of Marked for Dessert, a wedding cake boutique in Libertyville, Ill., for many years.

Other accolades for Seaman include 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. 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 2005 and 2003, Seaman also took the Silver and Bronze medals, respectively, from the National Wedding Cake Competition.

The French Pastry School began accepting applications for the new program as of Aug. 1, 2009. The full-time 16-week certificate program will focus on the art of cake decorating; baking; constructing; and all aspects involving the creation of wedding, celebration and specialty cakes.

*UPDATED 9/8/09