Archive for February 9th, 2012

Stella Parks in running for best pastry chef

Herald-Leader photo by Pablo Alcala

Stella Parks, pastry chef at Table 310, at 310 West Short Street, is a nominee for Food & Wine’s “The People’s Best New Pastry Chef.” You can vote for Parks online at foodandwine.com/the-peoples-pastry-east#stella-parks, until midnight Feb. 14.

“Food & Wine has done the ‘Best New Chef’ awards for 25 years, but have never nominated a Kentucky pastry chef before. The restaurant scene here has changed a lot in the last ten years alone and I think this nomination is an acknowledgment of that. I feel proud to see my desserts, Table 310 and my hometown in a list dominated by big city chefs and restaurants. Whether or not I win The People’s Best New Pastry Chef, it’s a win for Lexington,” Parks said.

Parks is up against a “chef’testant” on Bravo’s Top Chef: Just Desserts; a former biology major fusing art and science in the kitchen, and a Thomas Keller protégé. You also can get friends to support Parks also on Twitter. Use #peoplespastry.

“There is so much innovation in the pastry world right now, and we are excited to have the chance to celebrate it,” said Food & Wine editor in chief Dana Cowin in a press release. “Our new pastry awards allow us to spotlight cooking pros who don’t generally get the same recognition as the executive chefs for whom they work.”

The finalists and the winner of The People’s Best New Pastry Chef award will be announced on Foodandwine.com on Feb. 15. The winner will be profiled in the “Hungry Crowd” column of the May issue of Food & Wine,  on newsstands April 13, and will attend the 30th anniversary of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, June 15-17.