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The French Pastry School | May 15, 2017

Mia Englemann, 16 year-old of Whitney M Young Magnet High School won the 1st Mayor’s Cup Youth Pastry Competition with a grand prize of a full-scholarship to The French Pastry School in Chicago, Illinois.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor, Juan Salgado walked the kitchens of the campus talking to all 12 finalists on Friday.  “When we provide Chicago’s students with the tools and guidance to develop their passions, they can do incredible things,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Chicago Woman | May 12, 2017

Have you always wanted to be a baker?

I’ve been baking my entire life! I come from a long line of Southern women who bake. Cooking and baking runs in my blood, so it was something I couldn’t deny.  This job is really hard. If I absolutely didn’t love it, there is no way I would have made it this far. 

Daily Inter Lake | May 1, 2017

Whitney Brien remembers baking cookies with her family every year around Christmastime. They would have a ‘cookie day’ — an entire day to bake for their friends and family.

“A big part of my love for baking was having that [cookie day] every year,” Brien said.

She and her sister, Phoebe Connybear, remember always having home cooked meals growing up — another big influence in her love for baking.

“We cooked and baked all the time,” said her stepmother, Elizabeth Brien. “But she has far surpassed me.”

Oakland Press | April 19, 2017

A local bakery owner has been chosen as the winner of Oakland County’s Elite 40 Under 40 2017 Class winner.

Brooke Vitale, 29, owner of Love and Buttercream Bakery based in Royal Oak, became the youngest winner of the six-year-old program.

Vitale introduced Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson at Wednesday’s State of the County Address in Pontiac.

She was selected, via an online public vote, from a group of three finalists. More than 2,900 votes were cast for the finalists.

The French Pastry School | April 18, 2017

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By Linze Rice, dna info | March 30, 2017

EDGEWATER — Edgewater's newest culinary addition to North Broadway is set to open Monday with the debut of Edge of Sweetness bakery. 

The French Pastry School | March 28, 2017

Our students receive hundreds of hours of intensive, hands-on education every term. The goal of The French Pastry School is not only to teach students the techniques and theories behind gaining a new skill but also to make sure they can translate that skill into a successful career.

Chicago Woman | March 8, 2017

The Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame is pleased to announce their eleventh event featuring the induction of Chef Fabio Viviani as Chef of the Year, Chef Sébastien Canonne as Pastry Chef of the Year, Chef Pierre Pollin as Legendary Chef, Jim Kallas as Industry Leader, and Charlie Mok as Industry Legend into the Chefs Hall of Fame for 2017. Brief biographies on each inductee may be found here:

By Ted Cox, dna info | February 23, 2017

LINCOLN PARK — A new Halsted Street storefront is on the simmer to begin teaching kids to cook.

Laura Ragano, a graduate of and former teacher at the French Pastry School Downtown, expects to open Oui Chef, 2622 N. Halsted St., in early March.

"I want the kids to come in here and feel like they're in a real kitchen," Ragano said. "They're going to be my little sous chefs."

By Greg Trotter, Chicago Tribune | February 17, 2017

Susana Palomo couldn't sleep for a week, torn between a dream and reality.