Thursday, September 2, 2010

Meet the Pastry Chefs - Erica Davis

AGE: 40
HOMETOWN: Tamms, Il – currently resides in Jacksonville Beach, Florida
PROFESSION: Executive Pastry Chef, Ponte Vedra Inn and Club
CULINARY EDUCATION: Culinary Arts Degree, Oakland Community College
FAVORITE DESSERT RECIPE: My Grilled Cheese Sandwich (Chocolate Cherry Bread sliced and filled with Sweet Mascarpone Cheese) served with a Vanilla Milkshake

Erika Davis works as the Executive Pastry Chef at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, one of the most exclusive inns and country clubs in Florida. Born in Chicago, Erika knew at an early age she would become a pastry chef. She received her culinary arts degree from Oakland Community College in Farmington Hills, MI, and trained under master chefs of breads, cake decorating and French pastries. Named one of the top African American chefs by Black Enterprise, she is the first black woman to be named “Detroit’s Chef of the Month” by The Detroit News and is the President of the Culinary Wonders USA organization. Erika always has butter, sugar, salt, chocolate and heavy cream on hand, and her favorite quote is "A day is never good without chocolate."

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