Plugrá pastry chef winner whips up chocolate tornado

Stephan Schubert, executive pastry chef at River City Casino & Hotel in St. Louis was named the Pastry Chef of the Year at the conclusion of this year’s American Culinary Federation (ACF) national convention in Kansas City, Mo.

Sponsored by DFA’s Plugrá European-Style Butter, the competition for best pastry chef brought together four ACF regional winners for a bake-off on July 27 at the convention. Schubert, Susan Notter, Leslie Eckert and Chris Cwierz prepared cookies with Plugrá butter and crafted edible sculptures that were required to reflect a Wizard of Oz theme within specific height and width restrictions. They also made a plated dessert.

Schubert’s “Milk Chocolate Orange Cookies” were accompanied by a tornado in molded chocolate — with the Wicked Witch of the West as a centerpiece.