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September 9, 2013

Wholesome Sweeteners Helps Raise the Bar at World Class Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition


Sugar Land, TX (September 9, 2013) – Wholesome Sweeteners is proud to sponsor Season Three of the Emmy award-winning Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition, in which four of the world’s best pastry chefs compete head to head to make the most unique and delicious desserts. The finalists were selected for their creativity and outstanding plated desserts, and were chosen from dozens of submissions made by elite pastry chefs around the world.

“Every year is different,” says event organizer and 2013 Top Ten Pastry Chef Jimmy MacMillan, “but this season the challenges include elite competitors from all over the globe, bringing all different food cultures and experiences head to head. The bar has been seriously raised.”

A new challenge has also been added to the menu: Artisan Gelato Milkshake, which MacMillan describes as “a plated dessert, blended and layered in a glass with tricked-out garnishes.” Combined with two existing challenges — Signature Plated Dessert and Mystery Casting, the chefs will have more to manage than ever in the all-in-one-day event, taking place Sunday, September 15. The competition will be captured on film and released in four episodes on starting with a teaser release in December and one episode each month until April 2014.

The Chef Finalists selected to compete in Season Three are:

Michaela Hapak

Splendido Restaurant
Toronto, Canada

Sander Goosens
Sander Goosens Patisserie
Antwerp, Belgium

Jim Hutchison

Winvian Relais & Chateaux
Morris, Connecticut

Sean Pera
The Umstead Hotel & Spa
Cary, North Carolina

This year’s celebrity judges will be superlative Pastry Chef Antoinio Bachour from St. Regis Bal Harbour in Miami, Curtis Duffy from acclaimed new restaurant Grace in Chicago, and avant garde globe-trotter Will Goldfarb representing Ku De Ta in Bali.

About Wholesome Sweeteners

Wholesome Sweeteners is the nation’s leader in Fair Trade Certified, Organic, Non-GMO Verified, and sustainably produced sugars, syrups, nectars and honeys. Founded in 2001 in Sugar Land (SW Houston), Texas, Wholesome Sweeteners’ mission is to bring sweet Joyous moments to every delicious occasion and to leave the planet better than we found it.

Fair Trade means that farmers can buy land, send their kids to school, and build thriving communities. Premiums paid by Wholesome Sweeteners have helped bring clean water, electricity, schools and health care facilities to villages in Malawi, Mexico, Brazil, and Paraguay.

About The Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition
The Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition is an Emmy award-winning pastry chef competition that is aired in a series of online videos. The single day competition asks four chef finalists to make eight plates of an original, unique, plated dessert and compete in two mystery challenges. All episodes of The Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition are filmed at The Chicago School of Mold Making’s creative center in Oak Park, IL.

The Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition has received a number of accolades for its content and film style, including a Chicago Midwest Emmy, Telly Award, two Communicator Awards and two Hermes Awards. The videos were nominated for a 2013 James Beard Media Award. The video series has received over 30,000 views worldwide.

JMPurePastry, the Executive Producers of the series, are a Chicago based pastry solutions group specializing in high quality, well designed products for the restaurant, baking and hospitality industry.

To view Season Two videos, for interviews with Jimmy MacMillon, competitors, or for more information and updates on the Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition, visit or