Alice Medrich guest chef at Plant to Plate April 24 2017

Author, pastry chef, and teacher, Alice Medrich one of the country’s foremost experts on chocolate and chocolate desserts recently spent some time in the Plant to Plate kitchen working with our student apprentices. Since 1976, when her renowned shop, Cocolat, opened and her first dessert feature (of many) appeared in a national publication, Alice’s innovative ideas and recipes and her insistence on quality ingredients have influenced a generation of confectioners, pastry chefs, and home cooks. Among her early accomplishments, Alice is credited with popularizing chocolate truffles in the US and introducing the larger “American” chocolate truffle, now a mainstream confection.

The New York Times recognized Alice for creative leadership in the decades that saw the gourmet and specialty food segment take on national culinary stature. She is a featured case study in Growing a Business, Paul Hawkens's book and TV series profiling successful entrepreneurs. Alice worked with the students in the kitchen creating one of her signature recipes and emphasized that she got where she is today by taking initiative, teaching herself and persevering.

Since selling her interest in Cocolat in 1989, Alice has become an award-winning cookbook author, receiving three Cookbook of the Year awards from the James Beard Foundation. Her latest book, Flavor Flours came out in November 2015 and won the 2015 James Beard Award for Best Baking and Dessert Book.