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Kings of Pastry Plus!

Nov 30, 2010 | From the kitchen of Rose

My darling friend the inimitable Diane Boate, the very one who arranged our book presentation event at the Bakers Dozen West last April in San Francisco, recently arranged another fabulous BDW event, this time at the Balbao Theater. Imagine viewing the documentary "Kings of Pastry" and on leaving the movie viewing this display of pastry made by members of the Bakers Dozen!


In the words of Diane:

It was a miraculous collection of talent and edible art.

This from Gary Meyer , owner of the Balboa Theater, about Bakers Dozen participation:

It was the kind of wonderful that was so wonderful you could not quite believe what you were looking at and tasting!

Just imagine sitting in a somewhat tense movie about an important pastry chef competition in France, you are filled up with the emotion of winning and losing, watching all those chef coated contestants in their white toques ----movie ends and you stream into the theater lobby and, WOW here are 13 white toques and chef jacketed pastry chefs standing behind a dazzling array of baked creations filling 2 long tables.


Toques off to Delia Athey, Annie Baker, Rebecca Boardman, Allen Cohn, Debbie Ferrante, Kandi Kerchum , Irvin Lin, Eve Lynch, Cindy Mushet, Susie Pope, Maralyn Tabatsky, Angeline Tan and Nora Tong. (Toque on the far right resides on Diane Boate.)


It was a truly amazing documentary, and marvel at those pastry skills.

Must have been an awesome experience tasting the prepared pasties after the show!


Fantastic post. What a beautiful spread it must have been and what a fantastic treat to find this reception in the loby


As a longtime member of Bakers Dozen, I figured this would be a fun event, but had no idea it would be quite so special! It was truly a privilege to participate with so many talented dessert makers, and the public's reaction was so enthusiastic. Not to mention the inspiring movie, in one of my favorite theaters. Thanks so much for posting this, Rose. Delightful!


Irvin, I'll admit to crying several times during the movie.


Thank so much for posting this! As someone who participated in the event, it was overwhelming how many amazing baked goods there were in the lobby and how wonderful the reception was from both the theater owner and the audience!

I had such a fantastic time talking to fellow bakers and pastry chefs and the movie was both uplifting and heartbreaking! I think it might be one of my lifetime goals to make a spun sugar sculpture now!


Enjoyed this documentary so very much! It sounds like it must have been a truly wonderful thing, to see what went into the buffet tables in the movie, and then to be able to both taste and marvel at what went into that dessert spread from the BDW.



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