On Sunday, October 9, 2011, Bakers Dozen East and Dessert Professional magazine will honor Chef Albert Kumin’s 90th birthday at a reception from 2 pm to 5 pm in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. A highlight of the reception will be a parade of birthday cakes prepared by prominent pastry chefs who are friends, former students and admirers of Chef Kumin, include ICE Chef Instructors Nick Malgieri, Toba Garrett and Michelle Tampakis.

Albert Kumin, after training as a pastry chef in his native Switzerland, came to North America first as pastry chef at Montreal’s Ritz Carlton Hotel. He then moved to New York as opening pastry chef at the famed Four Seasons restaurant. Kumin’s distinguished career includes positions at the White House, the opening of Windows on the World and a variety of influential teaching experiences during which he has trained and created a lasting influence on many of today’s leading pastry chefs around the world.

Among the notables creating cakes for Chef Kumin’s birthday event are Ellen Baumwoll, Toba Garrett, Charmaine Jones, Cheryl Kleinman, Rosemary Littman, Colette Peters, Michelle Tampakis, and Betty Van Nortsrand. Each of the nine cakes will be themed for a decade of Kumin’s life. The Swiss chocolate birthday cake served to guests will be prepared by ICE students.

It promises to be a wonderful evening in honor of a remarkable pastry chef who has been a mentor to many ICE chefs, professionals and culinary students over the years.

Tickets for the reception are available online.

1 Comment

  1. Chef Kumin was my pastry instructor at CIA in 1980. He made what im today. My pastry career ended a few years ago but will never forget the methods he taught. I most remember his method of doing pastry cream. He called it the student trap. Congrats to you chef Kumin. You are an inspriration. I still have my original recipe book for your special cake served at the white house. 31 years old. Thank you

    Howard Coffey CIA grad 1981

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