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List of Famous Pastry Chefs

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List of famous pastry chefs, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top pastry chefs in the world? This includes the most prominent pastry chefs, living and dead, both in America and abroad. Pastry lovers will also enjoy these movie themed desserts, cakes inspired by Game of Thrones, and funny and yummy cake pops. This list of notable pastry chefs is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic pastry chefs were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned pastry chefs.

François Payard and Duff Goldman are only the beginning of this list of famous men and women who specialize in pastries and desserts. You might recognize many of these names by their patisseries or their TV shows. Featuring French pastry chefs, American pastry chefs, and others, this list has them all! 

From reputable, prominent, and well known pastry chefs to the lesser known pastry chefs of today, these are some of the best professionals in the pastry chef field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous pastry chefs ever?" and "What are the names of famous pastry chefs?" then you're in the right place. 

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    William "Bill" Yosses (born about 1952) is an American chef who is best known as co-author of the book Desserts For Dummies and for being the White House Executive Pastry Chef from 2007 to 2014. Yosses is now the owner of the pastry company Perfect Pie, which is based in New York City....  more
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      Gale Gand

      Gale Gand is a Chicago-based pastry chef, cookbook author, television personality, and winner of the 2001 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef. Gand was the host of the Food Network show Sweet Dreams. She was the Chef-in-Residence at Elawa Farm, in Lake Forest, Illinois. Gand is a partner and was the founding Executive Pastry Chef at Tru, a contemporary fine-dining restaurant affiliated with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. Gand and her partners at Tru won the 2007 James Beard Foundation Award for Service. She has blogged for the Huffington Post, was a contestant on Iron Chef America in the 2006-2007 season, and was a judge on Bravo's Top Chef in 2008 for the episode...  more
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        Roland Mesnier (born July 8 1944) is a French-American pastry chef and culinary writer. His creations during his twenty five years as Executive Pastry Chef (1979–2004) at the White House earned him the reputation of a creative genius. Mesnier was born into a family of nine children in the village of Bonnay, France. He first became interested in becoming a chef when he visited his brother's pastry shop in a nearby city and was delighted by the smell of fresh fruit in the kitchen. When he was fourteen, his mother secured an apprenticeship for him at a pastry shop in Besançon. He worked from 6am to 8pm six days a week and in exchange received 300 francs a month, plus room and board, in...  more
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          Pierre Hermé

          Pierre Hermé (born 20 November 1961) is a French pastry chef and chocolatier. Pierre Hermé began his career at the age of 14 as an apprentice to Gaston Lenôtre. He was awarded the title of World's Best Pastry Chef in 2016 by the World's 50 Best Restaurants and as the 4th most influential French person in the World by Vanity Fair in 2016. Pierre Hermé created his own brand in 1998 with Charles Znaty. ...  more