Chef Johnny Iuzzini
Macy's Culinary Council Chef Johnny Iuzzini is an award winning pastry chef. Hailing from theCatskills region in upstate New York, he is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America withover twenty years of kitchen experience, Chef Iuzzini honed his craft at highly lauded dininglocations such as The River Café in Brooklyn, NY along with, Daniel, Payard, Café Boulud andJean Georges in New York City. In 1998 he traveled around the world and studied pastry atsome of the finest patisseries in France including LaDuree under Pierre Hermès.
In 2006, the James Beard Foundation awarded Chef Iuzzini "Pastry Chef of the Year." In additionhe has been recognized as one of the "10 Most Influential Pastry Chefs in America" by Forbes,"Best New Pastry Chef" by New York Magazine, and named one of the “Top Ten Pastry Chefs inAmerica” two years in a row by Pastry Arts and Design. He has appeared on national televisionshows including the "Today Show," "Good Morning America," "Martha Stewart," and "Live withRegis and Kelly" and was the head judge of Bravo’s culinary competition series “Top Chef: JustDesserts” for two seasons.
During his near decade as the Executive Pastry Chef at Restaurant Jean Georges, the restaurantreceived four stars from the New York Times, three Michelin stars, and was considered one ofthe world’s fifty greatest restaurants. Since leaving Restaurant Jean Georges, Chef Iuzzini hasstarted his own pastry and culinary arts consulting company, aptly named Sugar Fueled, Inc. Heis the author of DESSERT FOURPLAY: Sweet Quartets From A Four-Star Pastry Chef and SUGARRUSH: Master tips, techniques, and Recipes for Sweet Baking. In addition, Chef Iuzzini has beentraveling around the globe researching new trends and techniques in the industry and devotingtime to his other passion, motorcycle racing. www.macys.com/culinarycouncil This is Johnny'ssecond year at Taste of Derby, this year representing Aqueduct.