When we woke up from our Top Chef-induced food-TV coma last week, we realized that we forgot to save room for dessert! Top Chef: Just Desserts has been on for three weeks now. It’s hosted by Gail Simmons and it even features a local competitor, Hook’s Heather Chittum. How could we ignore it?
If you’ve ever dreamt of walking away from your day job and getting into the restaurant business, Chittum should be an inspiration. She came to Washington from New York to work on the Hill. After four years she took a job with Share Our Strength, and then in 2001 her passion led her to L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg. She has since built a reputation as one of the top pastry chefs in the Washington metropolitan area, winning the award for Pastry Chef of the Year from the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington in 2008.
We caught up with Chef Chittum last Friday and talked about pastry chefs in the spotlight, the interplay between entrees and desserts, and – of course – whoopie pies.
SPOILER ALERT – if you haven’t watched last week’s episode, you may want to stop reading now. But just until you have a chance to watch it. Then come back. We’ll be here. (more…)