What it takes to become a pastry chef in today's exciting culinary arts world—with inspiration and insight from the pros As pastry chefs trade supporting roles for star status on today's culinary stage, the pastry field has become a huge growth area. The Making of a Pastry Chef takes an inside look at this fascinating world, with a treasury of interviews, anecdotes, and classic recipes from many of the nation's leading pastry professionals. Richard Leach (Park Avenue Café, New York), Nancy Silverton (La Brea Bakery, Los Angeles), Jacques Torres (Le Cirque 2000, New York), and Sebastian Canonne (French Pastry School, Chicago) are just a few of the figures who share their thoughts and experiences on training, career development, personal style, menu creation, and much more. Andrew MacLauchlan (Santa Fe, NM), a nationally distinguished pastry chef and author, is Executive Pastry Chef at the Coyote Café in Santa Fe. His books include Famous Flavored Breads and New Classic Desserts, which was nominated for the James Beard Book Award for Baking and Desserts.