Dessert Professional Magazine announced the top 10 pastry chefs in America Monday night at the 19th annual awards ceremony at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. And only one of them is from Los Angeles -- Sally Camacho of the WP24 restaurant and lounge at the Ritz-Carlton.
The nine other chefs named are Craig Harzewski of Naha, Chicago; Sandro Micheli of Daniel, New York; Marc Aumont of the Modern, New York; Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar, New York; Angela Pinkerton of Eleven Madison Park, New York; Damien Herrgott of Bosie Tea Parlor, New York; Nathaniel Reid of Norman Love Confections, Naples, Fla.; Jean-Marie Auboine of Jean-Marie Auboine Chocolatier, Las Vegas; and Chris Hanmer of the School of Pastry Design, Las Vegas.
This recent nod is far from Camacho's first recognition as a top pastry chef. You may recognize her from Season 2 of Bravo's "Top Chef: Just Desserts," where she made the top three to compete in the season finale. Camacho has also won gold medals as part of the U.S. pastry team at the Culinary Olympics in Germany in 2008 and just last year won the Valrhona C3 competition in France.
Before becoming the pastry chef at WP24 in Los Angeles, Camacho spent time in the kitchens at the Four Seasons, the Wynn and Bradley Ogden restaurant.
-- Jenn Harris
Photo: Sally Camacho. Credit: mi & mo photography.
[Updated at 6pm June 5, 2012. An earlier version of this post said that the awards show was Tuesday night. It was Monday night.]