Culinary Artist Dominique Ansel, Creator of Cronut, to Keynote at Summer Fancy Food Show June 6, 2014
to be Keynote Speaker at Sofi Awards
New York City (June 6, 2014) - World-renowned chef Dominique Ansel is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at this year's Summer Fancy Food Show.
The awards will take place at the Jacob Javis Center
on Monday, June 30, 2014.
Ansel, a celebrated pastry chef, is the owner of the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City.
North America's Largest Specialty Food & Beverage Event will be held in New York City this year from June 29-July 1 with more than 2,400 exhibitors from over 80 countries.
More specifically, the Sofi Awards represent more than just an award for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation, but it is an instant endorsement of quality for companies and their products.
triggered a media storm with the introduction of his
creation of the Cronut™, his
signature pastry that features a palette pleasing combination of donut and croissant.
Since then, he
has been featured on Good Morning America, the Today Show, ABC's The Chew, Inside Addition, Fox and Friends, and more.
named the Cronut™ one of the "Best Inventions of 2013.
also has expanded his
cooking expertise by creating other noted pastry inventions such as the Cookie Shot and his
Frozen S'more-all which are internationally famed.
As a supporter for creativity and innovation in the food world, Ansel
believes that food can be highly influential and transformative.
Ansel is currently working with Brand Central, a premier consumer products licensing agency, on expanding his acclaimed baked goods into new retail products.
is a firm supporter of anti-hunger initiatives who prides himself on giving back to local and global charities.
Ansel's involvement with Specialty Food Association
supports the City Harvest Charity, an organization that the Fancy Food Show has been working with for over 25 years.
About Dominique Ansel
Dominique Ansel is the chef and owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery
in New York City.
In 2014, he
won the coveted James Beard Award for "Outstanding Pastry Chef" of the nation.
also was named one of Crain's "40 Under 40".
In 2013, Chef Ansel was named one of Business Insider's "Most Innovative people Under 40".
That same year, the Daily Mail UK called him the "most feted pastry chef in the world".
Since its opening in November of 2011, the chef's eponymous bakery was awarded Time Out New York's "Best New Bakery of 2012" and Metromix's "Best Bakery of 2012", all within four months of opening its doors.
Today, it is also Zagat 2013's highest ranked bakery and listed as one of the Best Bakeries in the U.S. by Daily Meal.
Prior to starting his own business, Dominique
is well-known in New York as the executive pastry chef at Daniel
, Daniel Boulud's flagship French restaurant.
During his six years there (the longest tenure of any pastry chef at Daniel), Dominique
was part of the team that led the restaurant to receive its first 4-star New York Times Rating, 3 Michelin stars, and James Beard's Outstanding Restaurant of the Year Award in 2010.
Chef Ansel also spent seven years at the venerable French bakery Fauchon, where he was in charge of international expansion.
has helped Fauchon set up shops around the world, including Russia, Egypt, and Kuwait.
Chef Ansel's first cookbook DOMINIQUE ANSEL
: The Secret Recipes (working title) published by Simon & Schuster
will be released in October of 2014.