• Hershey Chef Wins National Competition

     
    POSTED August 5, 2016
     

Chef Cher Harris, CEPC, executive pastry chef at The Hotel Hershey, has been named Pastry Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation at the Cook. Craft. Create. Convention & Show in Phoenix. Not only that, but she received a gold medal award, based on a points system from ACF.

Harris was named Northeast Region Pastry Chef of the Year earlier this year, which qualified her for the national competition. At that same event, she won the highest gold medal, meaning she scored the highest out of every competitor both inside and outside the pastry division.

“I’m so proud to have represented the Northeast Region, as we haven’t won the national title in quite some time,” says Harris. “It’s a very important accomplishment, and I’ve had so many strong mentors throughout my career from the ACF.”

The competition took place on Monday, July 18; the winner was announced Tuesday, July 19. The ACF Pastry Chef of the Year award recognizes a pastry chef who displays a passion for the craft, has an accomplished reputation in the pastry field and has helped educate others by sharing skills and knowledge.

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

Choosing a career in the event industry is not for the faint of heart. Let’s face it: Event planning is stressful. The last-minute changes, demands from clients and surmounting urgency of a quickly approaching event can make it difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

As a new mother, I’m right there with you and need just as much help developing a healthy work-life balance. In my experiences working in events, I’ve found the following to be helpful ways to care for my mental health, despite being in a stressful profession:

 

This fall, chef Jorge Guzman will open a new restaurant, Petite León, in the former Blackbird Cafe space in South Minneapolis. The restaurant will serve dishes with Mexican, Spanish, French, and American influences, that aim to be approachable, creative and delicious.