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Dominique Ansel

Reviews by Dominique Ansel

Biography

Dominique Ansel is the chef and owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City, receiving many awards since opening in November of 2011, including the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Pastry Chef” of the nation in 2014.

His Chef’s creation of the Cronut™, a croissant and doughnut hybrid has been reported on throughout the world, and domestically. His various other inventions, including his Frozen S’more, Magic Soufflé, Cookie Shot, and Waffle Affogato.

Prior to starting his own business, Dominique is well-known in New York as the executive pastry chef at Daniel, Daniel Boulud’s flagship French restaurant. Chef Ansel also spent seven years at the venerable French bakery Fauchon, where he was in charge of international expansion. He has helped Fauchon set up shops around the world, including Russia, Egypt, and Kuwait.

These days, the chef is often noted for his support of various charities, including the fight to end hunger with Food Bank for New York City. In 2013, he appeared on the CNN’s Nightly News to launch a series of charitable campaigns that increased Food Bank search engine awareness by 56% and raised more than $10K of proceeds. Growing up in a poor family in the north of France, the Chef’s story and passion for food and desire to turn that passion for good has inspired a personal visit from the First Lady of France and a call from President François Hollande himself.