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Dear Friends and Culinary Enthusiasts!
Last but not least, this week's edition in the countdown to Pastry Live Weekend Pastry Postcards take us back to earlier this year:

2011 Casting Challenge
Professional Competition

(Miniseries 4 of 4) Pastry Postcard
This past March we returned to the Art Institute of Atlanta, home to instructor and organizer Chef Paul Bodrogi. Local and national pastry chefs gathered to compete, judge and socialize. We had several previous student-contestants that had come back to compete as professionals. To help promote and encourage innovative use of artisan silicone molds, all contestants received the same molds. The winning showpiece was judged based on artistic composition, use of color, kitchen work skills and new casting techniques. The event "kicked" up so much excitement that all the chefs decided to get together for a bigger event! The birth of Pastry Live...see what started all the fun, visit Pastry Postcards!

(Special thanks to Anekapol Rasmidatta 'Andy' for some of the more memorable photos)

Special Events And it's off to Atlanta, Georgia August 26-28th!

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 Here's to a memorable Summer!

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