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Dear Friends and Culinary Enthusiasts!

As we count down to Pastry Live Weekend August 26-28th in Atlanta, this is the first glimpse of what has been happening in previous years to show the evolution of the event.

This week takes us back to 2007 to the first Casting Challenge. We'd been talking with chefs, competitors, executive pastry chefs, and chef instructors for years about evolution in the industry. An instructor and competitor himself, Chef Paul Bodrogi together with Michael Joy, hatched a new kind of pastry competition and many wonderful ideas came to life...

Pastry Postcard-Special
2007 Casting Challenge-Student Competition (Miniseries 1 of 4)
The idea was simple; give seven pastry students the same ten molds and instruct the students to use the molds in as many different ways as possible to create a sugar showpiece and a chocolate amenity. Their skill, creativity and commitment would be the only variables. Together with their assistants they came prepared and went to work.

The camaraderie, innovative techniques and new ideas flowed. In two five-hour sessions the students were judged on their creative use of the molds, kitchen skills, and fulfillment of the competition's theme "Modern Nature." Take a trip back to the beginning, visit Pastry Postcards to share the experience.

For more information, download the Article here (pdf)

Watch your inbox next week, as we feature the Student and Professional competitions in the 2008 Casting Challenge...

Special Events

Count down to August 26-28th in Atlanta, Georgia!

The two-day seminars are taught by renowned pastry chefs Jean-Marie Auboine, Susan Notter with Karen Portaleo, and Stéphane Tréand, MOF on August 26th & 27th.

On the 28th, The National Showpiece Championship kicks off. This year's teams include Andy Chlebana & Nancy Carey, Tracy DeWitt & David Smoake, Heather Hurlbert & Natasha Capper, Yoni Morales & Alfredo Rueda and Jim Mullaney & David Ramirez. The teams have six hours to build one showpiece either in sugar or chocolate. With no theme and few limits, the results are sure to be like nothing we've seen before!

For more information and to buy tickets to this affordable bonanza of pastry talent visit (Other ticket combinations are available. Come see what fits your interests. Get 20% off seminars with coupon code 'MOLDSCHOOL'.)

Summer Wishes from your friends in Chicago

Wishing you a memorable Summer!

Michael Joy & Beatrice Schneider
The Chicago School of Mold Making
46 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60302

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