Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Meet the Pastry Chefs - Heather Chittum

AGE: 37
HOMETOWN: Brooklyn, NY – currently resides in Washington, DC
PROFESSION: Pastry Chef, Hook/Tackle Box
EDUCATION: BA, Clark University; Fundamentals of Pastry Arts Program, L’Academie de Cuisine
FAVORITE FALL DESSERT RECIPE: Carrot Cake with Creme Fraiche Sorbet and Candied Walnuts

Heather Chittum took an untraditional path to her career as a Pastry Chef. After studying government and international relations at Clark University, she moved to Washington, DC, where she worked on Capitol Hill for former New York State Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. After four years, she left to work for Share our Strength (SOS), a non-profit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger. While there, she was introduced to some of the most influential chefs in the US, which inspired her to revisit her passion for cooking. She decided to enroll in culinary school and began working alongside Equinox’s acclaimed Pastry Chef Lisa Scruggs. Since then, she has also worked at Circle Bistro, Dish, Notti Bianchi and Citronelle with Chef Michel Richard before joining Pure Hospitality’s Hook/Tackle Box restaurant in Georgetown.

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