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Sept. 7, 2021

Pastry Chef Erin Kanagy-Loux - Drawing Inspiration from Her Japanese, Amish and Pennsylvania Dutch Heritage

Pastry Chef Erin Kanagy-Loux - Drawing Inspiration from Her Japanese, Amish and Pennsylvania Dutch Heritage

Over the last 20 years, Erin Kanagy-Loux has worked in various arms of the hospitality industry, most recently as the Executive Pastry Chef for Union Square Events, and Reynard at the Wythe Hotel. She’s a first-generation Japanese American that grew up with a heavy sprinkle of Amish and Pennsylvania Dutch Heritage. Her memories, experiences, and love of flavor have shaped the unique cultural background she draws her creative inspirations from. She is most recognized for her work in celebration and wedding cakes, and has been featured in NY Magazine Weddings. Erin competed in Valrhona Chocolate’s first USA-hosted C3 Competition and received the bronze Press Prize. In addition to her technical skills, she has honed her skills as a coach and teacher through her experience as an instructor at the International Culinary Center, California Culinary Academy, and the Western Culinary Institute of Portland. Past colleagues often refer to Erin as “The MacGyver of Pastry”, which has helped her in the ever-changing world of food.

On the show, we discuss her upbringing, and how it shaped her culinary style. We talk about her career path, and her role as a culinary instructor, which now includes virtual instruction. Found out what her favorite ingredient is, and how to work fish sauce into a dessert.

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