At twenty-six years old Chef Jacques Torres achieved the distinction of becoming the youngest recipient of the Meilleur Ouvrier de France Patissier Award. Since joining The FCI in 1993, Torres has shared his passion for the pastry arts in demonstrations and hands-on classes. He designed and oversees The French Culinary Institute's Classic Pastry Arts Program. Once the executive pastry chef at Le Cirque 2000, Torres is now chocolatier and co-owner of Jacques Torres Chocolates in Brooklyn and hosts "Chocolate with Jacques Torres" on the Food Network.
Jacques Torres has hosted two PBS television series and written the companion books, Dessert Circus: Extraordinary Desserts You Can Make at Home and Dessert Circus at Home: Fun, Fanciful, Easy-To-Make Desserts. Torres is the winner of numerous industry accolades including the James Beard Foundation Pastry Chef of the Year Award and Chefs of America Pastry Chef of the Year Award.
Podcast Date: 2/7/2007