Thursday, June 19, 2008

The officially sexy chef

New York City's sexiest chef was the graduation speaker at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park on lucky June 13th. Really, he holds the official title! Johnny Iuzzini, a Hudson Valley native and the executive pastry chef at the swanky Restaurant Jean-Georges in New York City, was selected by readers of the New York Daily News earlier this year as the Sexiest Chef in New York City. He creates incredible desserts. He has 24/7 access to the world's best chocolate. How could he not be attractive?

The 33-year-old grew up near Newburgh and is a 1994 CIA graduate. I've written before about the marshmallow-coated chef (you'll have to read my old blog posts.)

Although he's drawn media attention in the past for his prankster personality, Iuzzini also has been lauded by the foodservice industry for his work. Named as one of Forbes magazine's 10 Most Influential Chefs in 2007, he also won the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef in 2006, and was twice named among Pastry Art & Design's Top 10 Pastry Chefs. He's worked with some of today's most famous chefs and pastry chefs, including Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Francois Payard, and Daniel Boulud. As a teen, he worked at the River Café in Brooklyn, before coming to the CIA.

I wonder if any of the new CIA grads asked him if he likes marshmallows?

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