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Dishing the Dirt on Design

Dishing the Dirt on Design

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September 12th 2012:Days of Wine and Chocolate

Chocolate chefs Jacques Torres and Hasty Torres will discuss the inspirations behind their designs in chocolate and how they have expanded their businesses through boutique stores. Gift basket designer and artisanal gourmet shop owner Terry August will delight listeners with her stories of how she fulfills out-of-the ordinary gift basket requests for celebrities.

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Master Pastry Chef Jacques Torres

Master Pastry Chef Jacques Torres is known as “Mr. Chocolate”. While elevating pastry to new artisan levels at Le Cirque in New York, Jacques made the leap to television by hosting a popular series on The Food Network and the internationally broadcast “Dessert Circus.” He is the author of several cookbooks and has several chocolate stores in New York City.
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Hasty Torres

Hasty Torres is chef and owner of Madame Chocolat. With a business degree from USC’s Marshall School of Business, she followed her heart to train as a chef at the Pasadena Le Cordon Bleu. She opened her own chocolate factory and boutique in Beverly Hills and has moved to a new factory in downtown Los Angeles where she will be expanding with new retail locations. Her work has been featured in many television shows and magazines.
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Terry August

Terry August is founder of Fancifull Fine Food and Baskets. In addition to her gift basket creations, she and her husband Wally August run a fine wine and artisanal gourmet shop and offer classes in wine, cheese, and chocolate tasting. Her passion for traveling has taken her all over the world to meet the artisans who produce the food that Fancifull Fine Food and Baskets carries. She has been featured on The Food Network Best of Holiday Gifts and designs for all the major studies, numerous celebrities, and political figures.
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