Monday, July 16, 2007

Daniel’s Dominique Ansel and Anthos’ Bill Corbett top list of Golden Scoop Award Winners

In the it’s-never-too-late-for-this-kind-of-news department, announced the winners of its 2007 Golden Scoop Awards last month in front of an enthusiastic audience of food journalists, culinary tastemakers and, of course, pastry professionals, at The French Culinary Institute in New York City.

The winners were Dominique Ansel, Executive Pastry Chef of Daniel in NYC (Best Dessert Menu, Spring Menu), Bill Corbett, Executive Pastry Chef at Anthos in NYC (Most Innovative Dessert, Sesame in Sesame), Megan Romano, Executive Pastry Chef at Aureole in Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino (Best Dessert Revival, Early Summer Grape Float with Pistachio Baklava), Shane Tracey, Owner/Chocolatier at KeKau Chocolatier in Eugene, Oregon (Best Confection, 65% Sur del Lago L’Olivier and Kelli Bernard), and Kelli Bernard, Owner/Baker of Amai Tea & Bake House in NYC (Best Bakery Recipe, Green Tea Sweet).

The festivities were kicked off with a dessert-centric panel discussion on Classic Versus Avant-Garde with The FCI’s Dave Arnold and pastry chefs Gina DePalma (Babbo), Will Goldfarb (Room 4 Dessert), and Alex Stupak, (wd~50), and hosted by Food Arts founding editor and publisher Michael Batterberry.

Of course, no award ceremony is complete without a musical number by a seven-foot pastry chef/drag queen—and the Golden Scoops were no exception, with self-proclaimed “Queen of the Dessert” Chocolatina (aka Martin Howard, executive pastry chef at Brasserie 8) doing the honors.

While the awards are only three years old (they were founded in 2004 with the support of The FCI and Food Arts), it’s obvious that they’ve earned their street cred—judging by those who entered, those in attendance, and by the 24-carat coverage they received in New York Magazine. Check it out here.

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