Clement Design® Featured Chef

January 2020 Featured Chef: Janelle Manning

January 2020 Featured Chef: Janelle Manning

Growing up in a very small town in northern British Columbia, Canada, baking and cooking have always been a big part of my family`s life. I was determined to do something with my life but at the time, I wasn't sure in what direction that would take me. Eventually at university, I decided to study child development and art therapy where one of my professors suggested I work in developmental research at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. While in my fourth year of university I was scouted to become a model. It was then that I started my modeling career in...

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December 2019 Featured Chef: Priyam Chatterjee

December 2019 Featured Chef: Priyam Chatterjee

Priyam grew up in the cultural capital of the British raj India: “I come from the household of exceptional cooks holding on to recipes dating back to the early 19th century, my grandmother’s uncle ruled the 24 province of Bengal and food from that time, especially sweets, hold a very big significance in our family. My mother comes from the province of “noakhali” from Bangladesh and her cooking style and ethos are completely different and unique than the taste of the Calcutta cuisine style. As a child I was raised eating two distinctive cuisines at home. My mother cooked traditional Bengali...

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November 2019 Featured Chef: James Aptakin

November 2019 Featured Chef: James Aptakin

If there had been a Junior Master Chef Competition when James Aptakin was ten-years old, there is no question that he would have won the big prize. Baking shortbread and jam cookies at the age of eight and making complete dinners for family and friends by 5th grade, James was on his way to winning enough awards to last a lifetime, garnering his first Executive Chef position at 25 years of age. A small glimpse of his honors range from 1st Place as a local Iron Chef for the California tomato festival, 1st Place in the Food Network’s 2008 Big...

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October 2019 Featured Chef: Chong Ko Wai

October 2019 Featured Chef: Chong Ko Wai

My name is Chong Ko Wai, I'm 34 years old this year and I've been in the pastry industry for about 15 years now. Back during high school I wouldn't consider myself the 'brightest student' and I wasn't the type of person who necessarily wanted to excel academically. Without surprise, my high school career resulted in terrible grades. Not having much of a choice, my parents decided to send me to baking school.  My parents sent me to baking school because they wanted me to have a skill set that would allow me to take care of myself financially. They...

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September 2019 Featured Chef: Aubrey Niccoli

September 2019 Featured Chef: Aubrey Niccoli

As a young girl, I loved being in the kitchen. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle), we would go crabbing during the summers and spend weekends at Pike place market. These experiences instilled an appreciation and love of fresh seafood and produce. I learned the art of catching, cleaning and cooking - sea-to-table was very real. Driven by passion, I graduated from the Culinary Arts Institute at UVU. I loved every second absorbing everything I could in school. That's when I cultivated my skills and developed an excitement for Italian cuisine. This excitement took me to Italy where I studied and learned the art of homemade pasta, pizza, and sauces. While pairing my...

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