PreGel America, the US subsidiary of the largest specialty dessert ingredient manufacturer in the world, is proud to present some of the world’s finest culinary talent to its 2013 5-Star Pastry Series line-up. The series provides an opportunity for established culinary professionals to sharpen and increase their skills in the art of pastry at PreGel’s state-of-the-art Professional Training Center in Concord, NC.

The 5-Star Pastry Series is slated to present nine classes in 2013. Joining the legacy of top-notch pastry chef instructors are Frederic Hawecker, MOF; Jean Michel Perruchon, MOF & Director of Ecole Gastronomique Bellouet Conseil; Olivier Bajard, MOF; Johann Martin, Instructor at Ecole Gastronomique Bellouet Conseil; Jerome Landrieu, Head of Chicago Chocolate Academy; Ramon Morato, Director of Aula Chocovic; Michael Laiskonis, Creative Director for the Institute of Culinary Education; Bernd Siefert, Owner Café Siefert; and Laurent Branlard, Executive Pastry Chef, Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotel. Each will teach the following three-day seminars which are all ACF-certified for continuing education credits.*

The Fine Art of Boutique-Style Pastries and Petit Fours with Frederic Hawecker
February 19-21, 2013

Modern Pastry Buffet with Jean Michel Perruchon
March 19-21, 2013

Innovative Techniques for Entremets, Tarts, and Verrines with Olivier Bajard
April 22-24, 2013

The Art and Technology of Sugar Showpieces with Johann Martin
May 6-8, 2013

All Things Chocolate with Jerome Landrieu
June 10-12, 2013

Patisserie with Ramon Morato
July 15-17,2013

Modern Methods and Techniques in Plated Desserts with Michael Laiskonis
September 9-11, 2013

International & German Pastries with Bernd Siefert
Oct. 29-31, 2013

The Art of Sugar Showpieces and Techniques for Pastillage with Laurent Branlard
November 11-13, 2013

“The line-up of international chefs for 2013’s 5-Star Pastry Series is very impressive and we are very excited about offering such unique chefs and classes,” says Frederic Monti, corporate chef, PreGel AMERICA and mastermind behind the series. “This program continues to showcase its ability to evolve and grow year after year, and that’s because it promotes a learning environment where ideas and techniques are shared to help elevate the entire industry as a whole.”

Registration for PreGel’s 5-Star Pastry Series seminars is available online at and the registration fee includes hotel, shuttle transportation to and from the hotel, breakfast, lunch and cocktail event.