Dean of Pastry Arts at The French Culinary Institute and master pastry chef, Jacques Torres achieved the distinction of becoming the youngest recipient of France’s prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France Pâtissier Award at the age of twenty-six. Once the pastry chef at New York City’s legendary Le Cirque and later Le Cirque 2000, Torres is now chocolatier and co-owner of Jacques Torres Chocolates in Brooklyn which uses state-of-the-art technology to produce fresh, hand-crafted chocolates.
In 1998, Jacques made his television debut on PBS with 52 episodes of the internationally broadcast series, “Dessert Circus with Jacques Torres.” Since then, he has appeared in numerous print publications, is a frequent guest on NBC’s “Today Show” and PBS, and is host to several programs on the Food Network including: “Chocolate with Jacques Torres,” “Passion for Chocolate with Jacques Torres,” and “Passion for Pastry with Jacques Torres.” Upcoming, Jacques will host “Decadent Desserts with Jacques Torres” (December 2003) and “Easter Sweets with Jacques Torres” (Easter 2004) both on the Food Network. Jacques is also author to two cookbooks: Dessert Circus which was nominated for a 1999 James Beard Foundation Book Award and Dessert Circus At Home which received the 1999 The International Cookbook Review World Cookbook Award. He is currently working on his third cookbook.
Jacques Torres has participated in numerous competitions and culinary events around the world and is the winner of the industry’s top accolades including the James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Pastry Chef of the Year Award, Chefs of America Pastry Chef of the Year,Pastry Art and Design and Chocolatier’s Ten Best Pastry Chefs, and The Masters of Food & Wine: Chartreuse Pastry Chef Award.