Chef’s Nest: PreGel 5-Star Pastry Series Announces 2014 Seminars

PreGel AMERICA announced the return of some of the world’s finest culinary talent to the 2014 PreGel 5-Star Pastry Series line up.The series provides an opportunity for established culinary professionals to sharpen and increase their skills in the arts of pastry, chocolate, showpieces and plated desser ts at PreGel’s state-of-the-ar t Professional Training Center in Charlotte, NC.

The PreGel 5-Star Pastry Series® is slated to present six classes in 2014. Returning to showcase their extraordinary talent and teaching ingenuity are Michael Laiskonis, creative director for the Institute of Culinary Education; Jérôme Landrieu, head of Chicago Chocolate Academy; Ramon Morato, director of Aula Chocovic; Laurent Branlard, executive pastry chef, Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotel; Frederic Hawecker, MOF; and Jean-Michel Perruchon, MOF & director of Ecole Gastronomique Bellouet Conseil. Each will teach a three-day seminar which is ACF- certified for continuing education credits.

Modern Methods and Techniques in Plated Desserts with Michael Laiskonis
April 28-30, 2014
Charlotte, NC

The Art of Sugar Showpieces Emphasizing Structure & Color and Techniques for Pastillage with Laurent Branlard
September 8-10, 2014
Charlotte, NC

The Fine Art of Boutique Style Pastries and Petit Fours with Frederic Hawecker, MOF
October 6-8, 2014
Charlotte, NC

New Wave of Paris Pastries with Jean-Michel Perruchon, MOF
November 3-5, 2014
Charlotte, NC

Modern Dessert Buffet with Jérôme Landrieu
June 16-18, 2014
Charlotte, NC

Pâtissérie with Ramon Morato
July 28-30, 2014
Charlotte, NC

“We are very excited to have this impressive line-up of international chefs join us again for 2014 PreGel 5-Star Pastry Series®,” said Frederic Monti, corporate chef, PreGel AMERICA and creative force behind the series. “This group of talented chefs has helped us to grow in creativity and notoriety each year, and solidify PreGel AMERICA as a premiere learning environment.”

Registration for the PreGel 5-Star Pastry Series® seminars is available online at and the registration fee includes hotel, shuttle transportation to and from the hotel, breakfast and lunch.