Class Instructors

Chef Joel Reno

Joel Reno is a Chef Instructor at The French Pastry School who teaches in L’Art de la Pâtisserie, the 24-week Professional Baking and Pastry Program. As a chef instructor at The French Pastry School, Reno brings years of experience within many types of establishments in the pastry world: from yachts in the Caribbean; to four-star restaurants in Chicago; to small, artisan bakeries in Southern California. He believes that a pastry chef’s biggest responsibility is to give customers the best experience they can possibly have and that experience is dependent on the chef’s willingness to continuously challenge themselves to become better. “Pastry is a beautiful craft and I love getting people excited about it,” Reno explained. “When students of pastry get equally as excited about learning the process and science behind making the recipes, magic can happen.”

CLASS SCHEDULE

Friday November 11

10:00am-11:00am: Chocolate Marshmallows
11:30am-12:30pm: Cupcakes
1:00pm-2:00pm: Chocolate Brownie
2:30pm-3:30pm: Honey and Lemon Madeleine
4:00pm-5:00pm: Chocolate Caramels



Sally McKenney

Sally McKenney, of Sally's Baking Addiction, has made the internet a sweeter place! She is a full-time blogger, cookbook author, photographer, and baking addict sharing her favorite recipes with over 8 million monthly blog readers. Sally also blogs for People magazine's website and has a massive social media following. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Kevin, and their dog, Jude.

CLASS SCHEDULE

Friday November 11

4:00pm-6:30pm:  Cookie Baking and Tips with Sally

Saturday November 12

10:00am-12:30pm:  Perfecting Pie Crust from Scratch

 


Rushion McDonald

Rushion McDonald is an Emmy Award-winning television producer, motivational speaker, businessman and philanthropist. He’s also an avid and award-winning home baker and ambassador for the Perfect Bake smart scale + interactive recipe app. After discovering his love of baking through his work as Executive Producer of “The Steve Harvey Talk Show,” Rushion teamed up with Perfect Bake to share his recipes and show people how to “Bake Like a Man.” He specializes in Southern-inspired dishes like Baked Banana Pudding and Brown Sugared Monkey Bread. When he’s not baking, Rushion is known for his work as Executive Producer on television shows like “The Steve Harvey Talk Show,” “Steve Harvey’s Big Time,” and as Consulting Producer for the syndicated game show “Family Feud.” He also Executive Produced the hit movies “Think Like A Man” and “Think Like A Man Too.” He currently runs a successful marketing and media company, 3815 Media, which produces television shows, large scale events, promotional campaigns, trade shows and corporate exhibits.

CLASS SCHEDULE

Sunday November 13

10:00am-12:30pm:  Thanksgiving Treats Made Easy with Rushion Macdonald and Perfect Bake


Sarah Owens

SARAH OWENS grew up in Clinton, Tennessee, and is the owner of BK17 Bakery, an artisan microbakery that began in Brooklyn, New York. After receiving a certificate from the New York Botanical Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture, she spent six years as curator of the historic Cranford Rose Garden and the Rose Arc Pool at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Learn more at BK17bakery.com.

 

CLASS SCHEDULE

Saturday November 12

10:00 am-11:00 am:  Sour Dough Rough Puff Pastry
1:00 pm-3:30pm:  Introduction to Sourdough Breads

Sunday November 12

11:30 am-12:30 pm:  Apple Hand Pies in a Sourdough Cheddar Cheese Crust


Shauna Sever

Shauna Sever is a home baking expert, television host, and the author of three cookbooks on baking (Marshmallow Madness!, Pure Vanilla and Real Sweet), and is also the voice behind the award-winning baking blog Piece of Cake. Shauna is an regular contributor to the Today show and NPR's The Splendid Table. Her writing and recipes have been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, Fine Cooking, Family Circle, USA Weekend, and many more. She lives with her husband and two children in Chicago.

CLASS SCHEDULE

Saturday November 12

11:30am-12:30pm:  Home Made Marshmallows


Annie Overboe

Annie Overboe is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York, winning the school’s prestigious “Outstanding Baker” award. As a newly minted pastry chef she baked for Dan Leader at Bread Alone Café in Boiceville, New York, and crafted desserts for the 25th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival. Following a sweet trail of success led Annie to the Windy City, where she baked artisan desserts in Lincoln Park and cafes in the suburban Chicago area. As a Daily Herald food columnist and correspondent since August 2000, she shares her culinary knowledge and experiences with readers across Chicagoland, including dessert and food presentations at festivals, events and demonstrations. Annie lives in Oak Brook Terrace Illinois, with husband Michael.

CLASS SCHEDULE

Saturday, November 12

2:30pm-3:30pm: Secrets to Succesful Holiday Cookies
4:00pm-5pm: Great Tasting Gluten Free Baking

Sunday, November 13

2:30pm-3:30pm: Bake Like a Pastry Chef


Erin Barden

Erin Barden is the owner and creator of Leighara Cake Company LLC which produces Simply Fondant, a line of certified organic ready-to-use fondant varieties. Erin has been creating edible works of art years and has also worked as a registered nurse for over 12 years; receiving her graduate degree in nursing in 2009. The desire to pursue organic, cleaner eating and lifestyle habits coupled with her love of all things sweet, stemmed the creation of her certified organic company. Her company’s mission is to leave our planet a little cleaner and sweeter that we found it. Erin resides in central Wisconsin with her three children and husband, Nick.

CLASS SCHEDULE

Saturday, November 12

1:00pm-2:00pm:  How to create a Stunning Ruffle Cake with Fondant

Sunday, November13

10:00am-11:00am:  How to Create Marble Effects with Fondant and Trends for Winter 2016


Tina Selga

Tina Selga is the owner of My Sweet Kake. It's a cake, cupcake, coffee shop located in Schaumburg, IL. She's always had a "thing" for beautiful and delicious cakes. Her childhood favorite is chocolate cake with marshmallow icing, yum! She's self-taught and started making cakes at home while on maternity leave in 2009. It make her happy and enjoys every minute of it. She was inspired to open up a storefront in August 2013 with her loving husband's help. "I fly for the friendly skies and I'm a mother of four. My Sweet Kake is named after my four sweet children. KAKE is my children's middle initial from youngest to eldest. Katherine, Allen, Kay and Elizabeth. It's just the perfect name". The company's logo represent her 4 kids.

CLASS SCHEDULE

Sunday November 13

2:30pm-3:30pm: Decorate an Ombre Rosette Cake
4:00pm-5:00pm: How to make French Macarons


Andrea Nickels

Andrea Nickels is an adjunct Chef Instructor at The Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago and Robert Morris University. She teaches Intro to Baking and Pastry, Breads, Cake Decorating, Chocolates, European-Style Tortes, and Plated Desserts. With over 20 years in the Hospitality Industry, she worked as Pastry Chef for 12 years at the award-winning Piece-A-Cake Bakery in East Dundee, IL, and continues to work as a freelance decorator at Wilton Brands Inc. in Woodridge, IL for the past 6 years. Her work has been featured on the PBS show Bake, Decorate, Celebrate, the Home Shopping Network, and packaging and signage for stores such as Wal-Mart, Target, and Michael’s. Andrea Nickels inspires others by delighting the senses, “I’m always following trends and continuing my own education and professional development. I am always learning and hope that my excitement about a project will inspire others to learn and grow in their craft of baking and decorating.”

CLASS SCHEDULE

Friday November 11

10:00am-12:30pm: Teapot Cake
1:00pm-3:30pm: Confectionary Flowers

Saturday November 12

4:00pm-6:30pm: Piping Skills on Cupcakes

Sunday November 13

1:00pm-3:30pm: Sugar Cookie Decorating
4:00pm-6:30pm: Mirror Glaze on Individual Entremet

 

 

 

 

 


 

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