Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition Season Three Trailer Released

Emmy-award-winning competition goes international in 2014 season

The first sneak peak of the competition on Season Three of the Emmy-award-winning Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition (CRPC) is now available. The Season Three trailer went live on Monday, December 16, 2013 at midnight CST.

Viewers can now get the first glimpse of this year’s competitors, who are four of the world’s best pastry chefs, in what is dubbed CRPC “International”, as it marks the first year the competition was opened up to chefs from around the world.

Finalists were selected for their creativity and outstanding plated desserts, and were chosen from dozens of submissions made by elite pastry chefs internationally. The competition took place and was filmed in September 2013 at The Chicago School of Mold Making’s creative center in Oak Park, Ill.

“Each year, the competition gets fiercer and this season is more intense than ever,” says event organizer and 2013 Dessert Professional’s Top Ten Pastry Chef Jimmy MacMillan. “We’re excited to release the trailer to let viewers get a glimpse of the competitors, celebrity judges and some of the great products the chefs worked with this season. These chefs are masters at what they do and really elevate pastry arts. As we roll out the four episodes in 2014, viewers will learn so much from these chefs and pick up on some of their secret tips and incredible techniques.”

The competition will be released in four episodes on starting in January 2014 with one episode airing per month through April 2014. The schedule of episodes is as follows:

  • Episode 1: January 20 – Third Time’s The Charm
  • Episode 2: February 17 – Mystery Casting Challenge
  • Episode 3: March 17 – Signature Plated Dessert
  • Episode 4: April 21 – Awards Reception at Grace

The Chef Finalists selected to compete in Season Three are:

Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition Season Three Trailer ReleasedMichaela Hapak
Splendido Restaurant
Toronto, Ontario

Meg Galus
NoMi Restaurant at Park Hyatt Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Jim Hutchison
Winvian Relais & Chateaux
Morris, Connecticut

Sean Pera
The Umstead Hotel & Spa
Cary, North Carolina

This year’s celebrity judges will be superlative Pastry Chef Antonio Bachour from St. Regis Bal Harbour in Miami, Curtis Duffy from acclaimed restaurant Grace in Chicago, and avant garde globe-trotter Will Goldfarb representing Ku De Ta in Bali.

Season Three of the CRPC is made possible with the support of more than 10 sponsors including: Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, a manufacturer of the finest vanilla products and flavor extracts; Waring Commercial, a manufacturer of professional-quality appliances for the home, foodservice and laboratory industries; Steelite International, a manufacturer and supplier of tabletop ranges for the international hospitality industry; Wholesome Sweeteners, a leading provider of sustainable, environmentally and ethically responsible, great tasting sweeteners; PreGel America, a specialty dessert ingredients company; Midwest Foods, a specialty produce food distribution company; Will Powder, a producer of technical food ingredients; Frigomat, a company that manufactures ice cream machines; deZaan Gourmet, a producer of premium chocolate, cocoa powders, cocoa butter, chocolate batons, pralines; and Clifton Larsen Allen, a professional services and accountancy firm; and many more.

About The Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition:
The Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition (CRPC) is a two-time Emmy award-winning pastry competition that is aired in a series of online videos. The competition asks four chef finalists to make eight plates of an original, unique, plated dessert and compete in two mystery challenges. All episodes of The Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition are filmed at The Chicago School of Mold Making’s creative center in Oak Park, Ill.

The Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition has received a number of accolades for its content and film style, including two Chicago Midwest Emmy Awards, a Telly Award, two Communicator Awards and two Hermes Awards. The videos were nominated for a 2013 James Beard Media Award. The video series has received over 40,000 views worldwide.

JMPurePastry, the Executive Producer of the series, is a Chicago-based pastry solutions group specializing in high quality, well designed media products for the restaurant, baking and hospitality industry.