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6 Pastry & Baking
North America
Off The Wire
News, events and
happenings from
around the region
Heather Hurlbert Named
ACF National Pastry Chef
of the Year
Heather Hurlbert, of Atlanta, received the American
Culinary Federation, Inc., (ACF) 2009 National Pastry
Chef of the Year Award at the 2009 ACF National
Convention held at the Orlando World Center Marriott,
Orlando, Fla., July 11–14.
ìI didn’t even prepare a speech, we were joking about
that at the table,î Hurlbert said as she took the stage at the
President’s Grand Ball, July 14, as the new national Pastry
Chef of the Year. Hurlbert, overcome with emotion and
joy, said she was truly honored to receive the national
award and thanked her mentors, fellow chefs and husband.
Sponsored by Splenda®, the 2009 ACF National Pastry
Chef of the Year Award recognizes a pastry chef who has
displayed a passion for the craft, has an accomplished
reputation in the pastry field and has given back through
the education of others by sharing his or her skills and
knowledge. Chefs were first nominated by colleagues for
their creativity, talent and passion. Then, chefs in each of
the four ACF regions competed and won at the regional
level. At the national competition, four finalists competed
during the annual trade show, July 12. Hurlbert prepared
one decorated torte/cake, one contemporary dessert and
one hot restaurant-style dessert for a panel of distinguished
judges. Hurlbert was announced as the national winner at
the President’s Grand Ball, Tuesday, July 14.