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The Hotel at Kirkwood Center | September 9, 2015

For Immediate Release



The Hotel at Kirkwood Center Welcomes Oetker as Pastry Chef


The Hotel at Kirkwood Center recently hired Christopher Oetker as pastry chef.

Originally from Grundy Center, Iowa, Oetker attended Kirkwood Community College from 2001 to 2003. He went on to graduate from The French Pastry School in Chicago in 2004.

The French Pastry School | September 2, 2015

Like so many of the students at The French Pastry School, Mansimran Singh was a career-changer. Unlike most, his life before pastry school involved winning gold medals as a sharp shooter and competing in the amateur golf circuit of India. At the age of 25, Singh made the switch from competitive sports to the kitchen. As an athlete who is used to winning, it should come as no surprise that Singh is the first international student in the history of the school to achieve honors in all three full-time programs.

Jamaica Observer | September 1, 2015

Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards 2005/2006 Dessert/Pastry Chef Of The year recipient Nicole Shirley has been quietly advancing her skills as a chef pâtissier in Chicago.

The French Pastry School | August 17, 2015

Chicago, Illinois (August 7, 2015) – Students of L’Art de la Boulangerie, the Artisanal Bread Baking Course at The French Pastry School, will make lifelong careers for themselves in the passionate field of bread baking.  After eight weeks of learning the science and technique of creating artisan breads and breakfast pastries from masters in their craft, students from around the world graduated with the skills they need to follow their vocation.  The graduation ceremony took place at The French Pastry School and conc

The French Pastry School | August 11, 2015

From leading the largest hotel pastry kitchens in the city to serving up sweets in their own specialty shops, the Chicago pastry scene is ripe with talent from The French Pastry School.  Once again, we applaud a graduate who has utilized his pastry education to make a difference in the community and open a small business. Mohamed Ouifak, a 2014 alumnus of the 24-Week Pastry Program, is the new chef owner of Cream of the Crêpe.

The French Pastry School | August 5, 2015

French Pastry School co-founder, Sébastien Canonne, M.O.F., taught members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) how to twist a classic dessert into an innovative classic at the national convention in Orlando, Florida on August 1, 2015.  The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College at City Colleges of Chicago was invited to teach their recipes on behalf of Plugrá European-Style Butter, a sponsor to ACF conventions throughout the year including the Baltimore and Indianapolis conventions.  Over 500 professional culinarians came from across the nation to learn and participate

The French Pastry School | August 3, 2015

Chicago, Illinois (August 3, 2015) - French Pastry School Chefs Sunny Lee and Nicole Bujewski competed in the International Cake Exploration Societé (ICES) Certification Program. They traveled with their assistants, Mary and Michelle, in 2 cargo vans filled with more than 500 pounds of equipment and supplies for over 7 hours to Omaha, Nebraska.

The French Pastry School | July 23, 2015

The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College at City Colleges of Chicago is always ready to celebrate excellence and, when the Chicago Blackhawks seized their third title in 6 Seasons, the school was prepared to commemorate another victory with a ceremonial life-size chocolate Stanley Cup.  It’s the third Cup created by the chef instructors at The French Pastry School, joining the ones made in 2010 and 2013 when the Blackhawks won the NHL crown.

Refinery 29 | June 24, 2015

If you want a little box of chocolates…
Head to Boka to find acclaimed pastry chef Meg Galus’ candy-like creations, including a mixture of passion-fruit and chocolate truffles, salted-caramel bonbons, and pistachio-hazelnut chocolate bars. If life really is like a box of chocolates, then it's pretty good.

Boka, 1729 North Halsted Street (between Willow Street and North Avenue); 312-337-6070.