Chocolate Showpiece & Entremet with 2023 Pastry Team USA
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Chocolate Showpiece & Entremet with 2023 Pastry Team USA

March 20-22, 2023 - 3 DAYS

2023 Pastry Team USA

Guest Chef

@pastryteamusa

Brooklyn, NY

$ 1690 $ 1183
30% discount off all classes for north american cercle v members
Interested in participating in the class Have questions ? Email ecolebrooklyn@valrhona.com

As the main sponsor partner of the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie (World Pastry Cup), we are extremely proud to host an exclusive class with the full 2023 US Pastry Team and Coach Chef Andy Chlebana who will be competing for the World Pastry Cup at Sirha in Lyon, France, in January 2023. 

Spend three exceptional days with Julie Eslinger, Jordan Snider, and François Behuet, some of the most talented American Chefs, and learn from their incredible experience.   

They will teach you how to create an impressive chocolate showpiece and winning chocolate entremet.  

The class includes a Q&A session which will allow you to unveil the secrets of how pastry chefs compete at a world-class level, as well as discover more about their experience in such a prestigious competition.

Objectives 

  • Learn how Team USA prepares for the Coupe de Monde de la Pâtisserie from concept to realization  
  • Work alongside Team USA as you discover tips on how to create eye-catching showpieces and entremets 

Class price includes light breakfast and coffee in the morning, lunch each full day, a class recipe book, apron, pen, a gift bag, diploma, as well as all materials, ingredients, and equipment needed for class. 

Chef Referral Program

Refer a friend for a l’École Valrhona Brooklyn 2023 professional class and receive a $200 credit to use towards a 2023 class, your friend will also receive a $200 credit to use towards the class they sign up for!

Andy Chlebana – Team Coach – Joliet Junior College, Pastry Chef Instructor, C.E.P.C., C.C.A., C.H.E. 

Andy Chlebana did not know what he wanted to be after graduating from Marist High School in Chicago, Illinois, he decided to follow his brother to study culinary arts at Joliet Junior College

During his third semester, Chlebana took an advanced baking and pastry class and realized he found his calling. After graduating, he obtained a certificate in baking and pastry at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), in Hyde Park, New York. He went on to earn his bachelor of science degree in hospitality management from the University of Phoenix. 

While earning his degree at the CIA, Chlebana worked on the weekends at the Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn in Rhinebeck, New York. After graduating, he moved back to Chicago where he spent three years creating desserts for the Four Seasons Chicago’s signature dining room. He then moved to Florida and worked at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island preparing the desserts for their fine dining restaurant, as well as working as an overnight baker. Chlebana was also on the opening team for the Ritz-Carlton Washington, D.C. before accepting a job with Albert Uster Imports as a corporate account manager. 

“Working at Albert Uster Imports, I learned more about the science of ingredients that chefs work with than ever before,” said Chlebana. 

Currently, Chlebana has spent the past 16 years working as a pastry chef/instructor at his alma mater – Joliet Junior College. He says it is the “best job” he has ever had. He has also written a pastry arts textbook, “The Advanced Art of Baking & Pastry,” published by Wiley. The 498-page book covers a broad range of topics encompassing items produced in the bakeshop, including bread, viennoiserie, creams, pies, tarts, cakes, and decorative work in a professional manner that is easily approachable for baking and pastry students, professionals, and those who want to further their knowledge about baking and pastry. 

Chlebana, who was on the 2013 U.S. World Pastry Cup Team, honestly did not think he would make the team when he tried out for it. “There have been so many great pastry chefs on the team before and after me,” said Chlebana. “It is an honor to be listed among them and represent the United States.” 

Chlebana can be followed on Facebook: Andy Chlebana, Twitter: @AndyChlebana, and Instagram: @chefandychlebana

François Behuet – Team Member – Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, Executive Pastry Chef 

Born in Caen, France, François Behuet discovered his passion for the art of pastry and chocolate at an early age. A 14-year-old François decided he would pursue pastry as his career. He desired to create and advance the art of traditional pastries, as well as to produce chocolate with an artistic touch. 

In 2004, Behuet was employed as a pastry chef apprentice at Roussel Pastry, a renowned pastry shop in his hometown. Two years later, he accepted a chocolate apprenticeship at Chocolaterie Les Marianik’s in Deauville, France.  The chocolate was all handcrafted as it originally was at the time the company was first established. After working there for three years he became a chocolate demonstrator for Flyn Chef, an international company known for its chocolates and confectionery. 

In 2012, Behuet moved to Paris, where he was employed as the chocolate bonbons production manager at the renowned Chocolaterie Jadis et Gourmande. 

He eventually made his way to the United States and in 2014 Behuet worked for François Payard as an executive chocolate chef. After three years, he accepted a position as the executive pastry chef for Petrossian.  In 2018, Behuet headed west and joined the California-based restaurant, market, café, and patisserie Bottega Louie as a pastry chef. During his time there, he was also part of the research and development team for a second Bottega Louie in West Hollywood. 

In 2019, Behuet was part of the opening team at The Pendry West Hollywood.  He worked with Chef Wolfgang Puck, who was responsible for designing the hotel’s dining and beverage venues. For seven months, he, and the other opening team members, were responsible for the kitchen design, creating the pastry menus for the hotel’s three restaurants and a pastry boutique. The Pendry West Hollywood opened to the public in 2020. 

Recently, Behuet has joined the award-winning, AAA four-diamond Ritz Carlton, Los Angeles

Behuet can be followed on Facebook: François Behuet and Instagram: @francoisbehuet

Jordan Snider – Team Member – Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Executive Pastry Chef 

Born in South Carolina and raised in Charleston, Jordan Snider, is currently the executive pastry chef at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina. Growing up all he wanted to be was a chef. After working in a number of different kitchens, Snider found his way into a production bakery and he was hooked. 

Snider started working at a retail and production bakery in his hometown of Charleston working with bread and viennoiserie. He then spent a number of years working in fine dining and casual restaurants, until transitioning to a private club focusing primarily on banquets. 

After 10 years, Snider and his wife relocated to Las Vegas where he worked in the banquet kitchens of some of the top resorts including the Mandarin Oriental, Paris Las Vegas, and Mandalay Bay. He said the volume and scale of banquets at these hotels shaped his career. 

In 2014, he moved to San Diego where he was the executive pastry chef at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, a Forbes 5-Star Resort, in San Diego, California. Four years later, Snider moved back to the Charleston area to work at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina’s only five-star resort, as the executive pastry chef. 

Snider said that what he loves about the pastry profession – specifically working in hotels – is the fact that he can work in every area of pastry. 

“Working in the pastry department of a hotel one day you can be doing a wedding cake, showpiece, or bread,” stated Snider. “Then other days you can be involved in anything from plated desserts to ice cream or viennoiserie.  We do it all. I like that it is ever-changing.” 

Being a part of Pastry Team U.S.A. has always been a professional goal for Snider. “For nearly 10 years now I have always wanted to represent my country at the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie,” he said. “I couldn’t be more thrilled.” 

Snider can be followed on Instagram: @sniderjw

Jordan Snider – Team Member – Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Executive Pastry Chef 

Born in South Carolina and raised in Charleston, Jordan Snider, is currently the executive pastry chef at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina. Growing up all he wanted to be was a chef. After working in a number of different kitchens, Snider found his way into a production bakery and he was hooked. 

Snider started working at a retail and production bakery in his hometown of Charleston working with bread and viennoiserie. He then spent a number of years working in fine dining and casual restaurants, until transitioning to a private club focusing primarily on banquets. 

After 10 years, Snider and his wife relocated to Las Vegas where he worked in the banquet kitchens of some of the top resorts including the Mandarin Oriental, Paris Las Vegas, and Mandalay Bay. He said the volume and scale of banquets at these hotels shaped his career. 

In 2014, he moved to San Diego where he was the executive pastry chef at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, a Forbes 5-Star Resort, in San Diego, California. Four years later, Snider moved back to the Charleston area to work at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina’s only five-star resort, as the executive pastry chef. 

Snider said that what he loves about the pastry profession – specifically working in hotels – is the fact that he can work in every area of pastry. 

“Working in the pastry department of a hotel one day you can be doing a wedding cake, showpiece, or bread,” stated Snider. “Then other days you can be involved in anything from plated desserts to ice cream or viennoiserie.  We do it all. I like that it is ever-changing.” 

Being a part of Pastry Team U.S.A. has always been a professional goal for Snider. “For nearly 10 years now I have always wanted to represent my country at the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie,” he said. “I couldn’t be more thrilled.” 

Snider can be followed on Instagram: @sniderjw.

Julie Eslinger – Team Captain – The Country Club at Castle Pines, Pastry Chef

Julie Eslinger, currently the pastry chef at The Country Club at Castle Pines in Colorado, will be this year’s team captain and only the second woman to hold that position for Team U.S.A. 

Born in Idaho, Eslinger worked in a number of different industries before finding her way into the pastry kitchen. Studying at the Art Institute of Colorado, she was introduced to sugar, chocolate, and ice carving techniques. She says she felt an instant connection with her artistic background. 

While still in school, Eslinger began working for Centerplate at the Sports Authority Field, home to the Denver Broncos, at Mile High Stadium. In 2012 Eslinger graduated and became the Assistant Pastry Chef for Centerplate at the Colorado Convention Center. She oversaw the production of all in-house-made pastry items and specialized in custom cakes, sugar, and chocolate showpieces. 

When the coronavirus pandemic shut the world down in March 2020, Eslinger hoped to return to Centerplate, but it was not to be. “Too much time had passed,” she said. In August of that year, she accepted a position as pastry chef at the Country Club at Castle Pines, just south of Denver, in Castle Rock, Colorado. 

“What I love most about pastry is the meticulousness and attention to detail involved in the profession,” says Eslinger. “I know some culinary people hate that, but I love it! Also, there is so much to learn about the science of pastry. In addition, there are always new techniques to learn – whether they are traditional or modern. 

Eslinger can be followed on Instagram: @slingerjl

If you cancel 45 days or more prior to the first day of class, you will be completely refunded. If you cancel within 45 days you will receive a 50% refund or 100% class credit to be used within a year of the cancellation date. If you cancel within one week of the class you will receive a 50% class credit to be used within one year of the cancelation date. 

We do our best to avoid canceling or rescheduling classes, however, please be aware that classes are subject to change due to conflicts, instructor illness, travel issues, etc. We will contact you immediately in case of any date changes or course cancellations. In the case a class is rescheduled or canceled we offer you the choice of a full refund or a class credit to be used within one year of the cancelation date. 

As Valrhona is not responsible for your accommodations we recommend booking refundable forms of transportation and accommodations, so if an unforeseen change occurs you will not be charged. 

Chef referral program

Refer a friend for l'Ecole Valrhona Brooklyn 2021 professional class and receive a $200 credit

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