GRCC Hosts World Pastry Cup Tryouts for Team USA Saturday 4/21/12


Once again, Grand Rapids Community College will be the site of the tryouts that will select the competitors to represent the United States in the 2013 La Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie (the World Pastry Cup) held in Lyon, France.  The competitors, some of the finest artisans in chocolate, pastry and ice will be evaluated by an all-star panel including Kerry Vincent of (Food Network Challenge), Ewald Notter (a former La Coupe du Monde winner), Randy Finch and Derek Maxfield (of the Food Network’s “The Ice Brigade”), and more!

The tryouts will take place in Grand Rapids Community College’s Applied Technology Center (ATC) located on 151 Fountain St NE, and are open to the public from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.   For more information, visit

Team USA Competitors:

  • Roy Pell | Executive Pastry Chef The Phoenician, Phoenix, AZ
  • Regis Courivaud | Executive Pastry Chef Restaurant Le Monde, New York, NY
  • Bill Foltz | Executive Pastry Chef L’Auberge du Lac, Lake Charles, LA
  • Thierry Aujard | Pastry Chef Desserts International, Exton, PA
  • Andy Chlebana | Pastry Chef / Professor Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL
  • Stephen Durfee | Pastry Chef Instructor, Culinary Institute of America, St. Helena, CA
  • Christophe Feyt | Pastry Chef Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
  • Naomi Gallego | Corporate Pastry Chef Amero Foods, Laurel, MD


  • Ewald Notter | Notter School of Pastry Arts
  • Kerry Vincent | Food Network Challenge
  • Randy Finch | Ice Sculptures, Inc. / The Ice Brigade
  • Derek Maxfield | Ice Sculptures, Inc. / The Ice Brigade
  • Luba Petrash | GRCC Ice Carving Team Coach
  • Robin Van Rooyen | GRCC Visual Arts Professor
  • Nick Antonakis | GRCC Visual Arts Professor

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