Sunday, August 7, 2011

Meet the Pastry Chefs - Melissa Camacho

HOMETOWN: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
PROFESSION: Pastry Chef, ilili
CULINARY EDUCATION: Institute of Culinary Education
FAVORITE SIMPLE FALL DESSERT RECIPE: Classic apple pie with miso caramel and smoked vanilla ice cream.

Melissa was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, before moving to New York City at the age of 18. She has loved baking ever since she was a young girl, and while in junior high, would make homemade caramels, candies and lollipops for her classmates. When she arrived in NYC, she attended the Institute of Culinary Education where she graduated with honors with a degree in Pastry Arts and Baking, and went on to work there after graduation. Before landing at ilili where she is currently the Pastry Chef, Melissa helped create the dessert menu at Stephen Starr’s acclaimed restaurant Buddakan and went on to help open Tipsy Parson. What Melissa loves about pastry is all the endless possibilities. She loves taking a classic dessert and giving it a unique and tasty twist. She has a weakness for Little Debbie oatmeal crème pies, and if she could have her last meal with anyone, it would be designer Diane von Furstenberg, and she would make her a strawberry and chocolate macaroon ice cream sandwich.

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