Congratulations Chef Adalberto Diaz – National Pastry Chef of the Year

July 19, 2012

Chef Adalberto and assistant Lyn Wells celebrate the announcement of Pastry Chef of the Year

After months of preparation and practice, two and a half hours of an emotional competition, and two days of waiting, Chef Adalberto Diaz was named the American Culinary Federation’s Pastry Chef of the Year on Tuesday evening in Orlando, Florida. Chef Al’s cold contemporary plated dessert, hot restaurant style dessert, and two foot tall showpiece with an Avatar theme wowed the judges and earned him the prestigious title. Chef Al and his assistant Lyn Wells, a culinary student at Utah Valley University, did an amazing job at representing Harmons, UVU, Salt Lake City, and the entire state of Utah. Chef Al is the first Utah chef to achieve the recognition of ACF National Pastry Chef of the Year

During the competition Chef Al assembled his showpiece behind the cover of a well positioned refrigerator as to not tip off his competitions to what he was creating. His strategy was cleaver, but it kept Harmons CFO John Ward from getting shots of his creation in the building stages. We will share with you more photos and video of the competition as we receive them from the American Culinary Federation.

Some special guests in the audience were Chef Al’s mother, two aunts, four brothers, and a cousin. He had not seen his family in 12 years, so their presence and support was extra special and motivational.

Congratulations Chef Adalberto on a recognition well earned and deserved!

Here is video from ACF about the candidates, including the finished showpiece of each.

Here are some pictures taken before, during, and after the competition.