The French Pastry School Alumni

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Once students graduate from a full-time program at The French Pastry School, they go on to do many different things. They take what they have learned and apply it to the industry using their talents, passion, and newfound knowledge. They work at renowned establishments or open their own businesses in Chicago and across the country.

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Our alumni are changing the face of pastry across the globe and we’re proud of their constant progress. Keep up with their newest developments through these articles, videos and pictures.

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The French Pastry School | Jul 23, 2015

The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College at City Colleges of Chicago is always ready to celebrate excellence and, when the Chicago Blackhawks seized their third title in 6 Seasons, the school was prepared to commemorate another victory with a ceremonial life-size chocolate Stanley Cup.  It’s the third Cup created by the chef instructors at The French Pastry School, joining the ones made in 2010 and 2013 when the Blackhawks won the NHL crown.

Alumni Success Stories

Once students graduate from a full-time program at The French Pastry School, they go on to do many different things. They take what they have learned and apply it to the industry using their talents, passion, and newfound knowledge. They work at renowned establishments or open their own businesses in Chicago and across the country.

Below, you’ll find a list of establishments that are owned, operated, and/or staffed by alumni.     
 

Alumni, if you have a new job or business that you'd like to see posted on here, send us an email with the details to cssupport@frenchpastryschool.com

Alabama

Shannon Pardo, 2004
Sweet Spot Confections

2521 Chuchura Road
Birmingham, AL 35244

205-213-6611

California

Chris Blue, 2005
Chocolatier Blue

1964 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704

510-705-8800
Jennifer Swartz, 2012
Macaronage

San Diego, CA

858-769-6006

Colorado

Megan Joy Kaminski, 2010
Megan Joy Cakes

Vail, CO

888-830-4306

District of Columbia

Maggie Austin, 2009
Maggie Austin Cake

Washington, D.C.

202-427-2394

Florida

Chrisnelle Joie Peralta, 2011
Joie’s Kitchen

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

850-621-6557
Sarah Riefke, 2012
Sweeter Than The Rest

903 Lake Lily Dr.
Maitland, FL 32751

(407) 267-70
Trudy Rainford, 2012
Trudy Melissa Cakes

3625 W Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33609

813-252-0480

Georgia

Ted Arpon, 2011
Sugar Cakes Patisserie

101 North Park Square
Marietta, GA 30060

770-218-9994
Layne Whitehead-Lee, 2011
Sweet n' Sinful

4B Pine St.
Avondale Estates, GA 30002

404-298-9100

Illinois

Amy Hansen, 2006
Amy’s Candy Bar

4704 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

773-942-6386
Heidi Greco, 2010
AntaBella Sweets

Libertyville, IL

224-456-8864
Thuy Nguyen, 2009
Ba Le Bakery

5018 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640

773-561-4424
Gina Hartwig, 2006
Bakin’ & Eggs

3120 North Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

773-525-7005
Laura Case, 2003
Beijo de Chocolat

3334 W. Foster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

773-267-0138
Dan Maddox, 2005
Brevan's Patisserie

1009 Century Drive
Edwardsville, IL 62025

618-307-5772
Uzma Sharif, 2011
Chocolat Uzma Sharif

1823 S. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60608

312-492-9866
Rieko Wada, 2000
Chocolatines

1101 Tower Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60173

224-653-2700
Irina Fursman, 2008
Comfy Gourmet

Chicago, IL

773-865-9530
Mohamed Ouifak, 2014
Cream of the Crêpe

8 South NW Highway
Park Ridge, IL 60068

847-720-4246
David de Quay, 2013
de Quay

2470 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

872-206-8820
Karianne Soulsby, 2006
Diva Chocolates & Confections

4957 Oakton St.
Suite 204
Skokie, IL 60077

773-467-0313
Julie Goding, 2010
Dough Dough Bird Baking Company

Chicago, IL

773-750-9325
Graciela Schargorodsky, 2008
Dulce Caramel Co.

IL

Noelle DeSantis, 2010
Ella Vanilla

Chicago, IL

Elysia Root, 2011
Elysia Root Cakes

1939 W. Fulton St.
Chicago, IL 60612

773-368-5723
Emily Wheeler, 2013
Emily Wheeler Custom Cakes

Chicago, IL

(773) 609-53
Flora Lazar, 2007
Flora Confections

Chicago, IL

773-404-8083
Adriana Saldaña-Meadath, 2007
Flúr

1 Riverside Road
Riverside, IL 60546

708-442-6801
Cris Patalot, 2005
French Cakes Patisserie

12337 S. State Route 59
Plainfield, IL 60585

815-436-7331
Robin Williams, 2008
Gelato Forte & Patisserie

317 N Schmidt Rd.
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

630-243-5504
Jennifer Templeton, 2006
Gingersnap Sweets & Such

1416 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL 60613

773-697-8529
Rebecca Colburn, 2009
Gracious Hall Catering

321 Stevens St, Suite N
Geneva, IL 60134

630.232.2117
Nicole Betourney, 2009
Isn't That Sweet

21A S. La Grange Road
La Grange, IL 60525

773-429-1628
Julie Gerrish, 2011
Julie Michelle Cakes

300 W. Front St.
Harvard, IL  60033

312-800-3101
Gabi Perez, 2011
Just Crumbs, Inc

5151 Main St.
Downers Grove, IL 60515

(630) 824-35
Alexis Frankfort Leverenz, 2011
Kitchen Chicago

324 N Leavitt St., Ste 1
Chicago, IL 60612

773-463-0863
Peter Yuen, 2000
La Patisserie P

1052 West Argyle St.
Chicago, IL 60640

773-878-3226
Ladd Mengel, 2006
Laddie’s Cakes

IL

847-784-9180
Maggie O'Brien, 2011
Lakeview Kitchen & Market

3109 North Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

(872) 802-48
Danielle Papakanelou, 2010
Le Cafe

4655 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

773-878-2233
Brady Braden, 2008
Le Flour

6701 N. Olmsted Ave.
Chicago, IL 60631

773-631-1400
Gina Hartwig, 2006
Lovely, Too: a bake shop

1138 W Bryn Mawr Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660

(773) 253-53
Gina Hartwig, 2006
Lovely: a bake shop

1130 North Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642

773-572-4766
Maria Muniz, 2006
Pastel! cakes and more

4814 S. Pulaski Rd.
Chicago, IL 60632

773-523-5595
Penny Shack, 2002
Penny’s Pastries

Chicago, IL

Elizabeth Madden, 2006
Rare Bird Preserves

Chicago, IL

312-714-6190
Elizabeth Madden, 2006
River Forest Kitchen

349 Ashland Ave.
River Forest, IL  60305

(708) 405-90
Alison Bower, 2002
Ruth and Phils Gourmet Ice Cream

5333 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

773-293-0888
Sarah Levy, 2003
S. Levy Foods

1016 W. Jackson Ste. 409
Chicago, IL  60607

312-604-3468
Amanda Tommey Terbush, 2008
Southern France

1405 W Irving Park Road

Chicago, IL  60613

773-857-1478
Mamata Reddy, 2005
Spoonfoolery

Chicago, IL

312-497-8906
Stacie Nevel, 2010
Stacie Cakes

216 S. Main Street
Wauconda, Illinois  60084

847-487-2253
Cindy Summers, 2010
Sugar Fixé Pâtisserie

119 N Marion St.
Oak Park, IL 60301

 

958 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

Anne Palermo, 2009
Sulpice Chocolat

Chicago, IL

630-301-2345
Lynne Remington, 2011
Sweet Myrtille

Chicago, IL

312-545-6712
Dawn Ly, 2010
Sweet Petite

Chicago, IL

Kathryn Krivy, 2009
Sweet Purrfection

Chicago, IL

Dana Kruger, 2006
Sweety Pies Bakery, Cakery & Cafe

8042 Lincoln Ave.
Skokie, IL 60077

847-213-0900
Chelsey Torres, 2010
The Bagelers Coffeehouse

2461 N Lincoln Ave.

Chicago, IL 60614

872-802-0347
Erica Hartzell, 2011
Treat Me

217 Washington Street
Prophetstown, IL 61277

815-716-3818
Sophie Evanoff, 2009
Vanille Patisserie

2108 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

 

131 N. Clinton
Chicago, IL 60661

773-868-4574
Chris Kadow-Dougherty, 2006
Whimsical Candy

175 North Franklin Street
Chicago, IL 60606

312-781-0053
Tommy Zarlengo, 2007
Zarlengo's Italian Ice and Gelato

257 West Joe Orr Rd.
Chicago Heights, IL 60411

708-754-9080

Indiana

Cindy Hawkins, 2008
Circle City Sweets

Historic City Market Building
222 East Market Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

317-632-3644
Renee Wilson, 2011
Dessert Menu

1950 Hart Street
Dyer, IN 46311

219-227-8772
Terry Mee, 2008
Yum-Mee's Bakery

1320 Easte State Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

260-483-4765

Iowa

Eric Bochner, 2002
Bochner Chocolates

1419 Waterfront Dr.
Iowa City, IA 52240

319-269-7900
Kathryn Geesey, 2010
My Girls Cake Shop

2722 E 46th St.
Davenport, IA 52807

563-210-1417
Amy Moore, 2011
Olive & James Bakery

77 Olive Court
Iowa City, IA 52246

319-341-5926
Katy Nelson, 2007
Scenic Route Bakery

350 E. Locust St.
Des Moines, IA  50309

515-288-0004

Louisiana

Sean O’Mahony, 2011
Breads on Oak

8640 Oak St.
New Orleans, LA 70121

504-669-5173

Maine

Lisa Parker, 2013
Lisa Parker Cakes For All Seasons

Parsonsfield, ME

(207) 625-71

Massachusetts

Lin Kelleher, 2010
CakeSplash

10 Lake Shore Drive
Arlington, MA 02474

617-699-7702
Meghan Coleman, 2009
Crema Cafe

27 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

617-876-2700

Michigan

Brooke Wilson, 2011
Love and Buttercream

3202 Crooks Road
Royal Oak, MI

248-884-1148
Katy Loy, 2007
Pastry Peddler Bakery & Cafe

619 Packard Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

734-929-2976
Heather Rousseau, 2009
SugarHigh Bakery

925 S. Main Street
Suite G1
Frankenmuth, MI 48734

989-652-2400
Sandy Bierlein, 2010
Sweet Sandy B's Bake Shop

801 Columbus
Bay City, MI 48708

989-598-0603

Mississippi

Holly Loomis, 2011
La Belle Bakery

2485 Memphis St.
Hernando, MS 38632

662-469-9450
Alejandra Sprouts, 2011
La Brioche, llc

2906 North State St.
Jackson, MS 39216

601-291-4691

Nevada

Melissa Coppel, 2006
Jean-Marie Auboine Chocolatier

4780 W Harmon Ave.
Ste 1
Las Vegas, NV 89103

702-222-0535

New Jersey

Tinka Labasse, 2001
Sugar and Plumm

620 Bergen Town Center
Paramus, NJ 07652

201-334-5400

New York

Angela Marmo, 2010
Sweet Sammie Jane's Cafe and Pastry Shop

3765 Chili Avenue
Rochester, NY 14624

585-474-3100

Ohio

Kim Coryea, 2007
Hummingbird Bake Shop

Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

773-550-3712

Oklahoma

Tim Inman, 2009
Stonehorse Cafe

1748 Utica Square
Tulsa, OK 74114

918-712-7470

Pennsylvania

Dennis Darr, 2007
Alice Bakery and Confectionery

129 S. Main St.
North Wales, PA 19454

 

59 E. Butler Ave.
Ambler, PA  19002

267-613-8380

Tennessee

Christian Parks & Laura Koerth, 2007
Earth & Sky Confections

211 Chimney Top Ln.
Jonesborough, TN 37659

423-202-5007
Heather Longpre, 2010
Eat the Art

Nashville, TN

615-948-7732
Neely Draughon, 2010
Off the Square Catering

19 Florence
Memphis, TN 38104

901-728-6085
Wendy Buckner, 2005
The Hot Chocolatier

100 Cherokee Blvd.
Suite 212
Chattanooga, TN 37405

423-266-3066

Texas

Vanessa Musi, 2011
Bake Your Best Life and Business

Austin, TX

773-677-2197
Julieta Adauto, 2010
Orange Peel: Pastries, Cakes, & More…

4700 North Mesa
Suite D2
El Paso, TX

915-351-0810

Washington

Neil Robertson, 2005
Crumble & Flake Pâtisserie

1500 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA  98122

(206) 329-18
Morgan Gadouas, 2010
Midori Bakery

14676 NE 95th Street
Redmond, WA  98052

425-307-1394
Kate Sigel, 2009
Sweet Tooth Cake Co.

Seattle, WA

Wisconsin

Lauren Carter, 2006
Batch Bakehouse

1402 Williamson St.
Madison, WI  53703

608-257-1652
Karli Franzke , 2011
Cake and Cookie

518 George St.
De Pere, WI  54115

Gene Webb, 2013
North Shore Boulangerie

4401 N Oakland Ave.
Shorewood, WI 53211

414-963-2153
Gene Webb, 2013
North Shore Boulangerie

4401 N Oakland Ave
Shorewood, WI 53211

414-963-2153
Brian Taylor, 2000
Renard's European Bakeshop

W5444 Bend Rd.
Princetown, WI  54968

920-291-5881
Viviane Finck, 2009
The Cake Next Door

231 Michigan St.
Sturgeon Bay, WI  54235

920-743-6111

International Alumni

Austria

Nicole Ott, 2005
Café Himmelblau
18., Kutschkergasse 36, 1180 Vienna +43 660 7741410

Panama

Nicole Cohen, 2008
Chic Patisserie

Panama

Switzerland

Gillian Buholzer, 2011
Gillian’s Cakes

Zug, Switzerland

+41 79 222 6

Canada

Nadia Colella, 2012
Nadia & Co.

Toronto, Canada

416-305-3323
Konrad Drewnowski and Family, 2012
Patricia's Cake Creations

Toronto, Ontario

647-348-2253

Costa Rica

Desiree Robert, 2011
Rush
Escazu, Costa Rica
506-8920-889

Colombia

Vanessa Moller, 2004
Zuka Shop

Cali, Colombia

+57 300 345