Aggie Chin: From Litigation Clerk to Pastry Chef & James Beard Semifinalist

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In this episode, we connect with Pastry Chef Aggie Chin from Slanted Door Restaurant Group. A native of Washington, D.C., Aggie Chin intended to pursue a career in law, but her passion for food led her to embrace a culinary path. Prior to joining the Slanted Door Restaurant Group in 2019, Chin honed her skills at fine dining restaurants in Washington such as Cleveland Park’s esteemed Palena Restaurant, Georgetown’s Rosewood Hotel, and most recently, the French-focused Mirabelle Restaurant.

Chin’s deep understanding of pastries has earned her numerous prestigious accolades, including recognition as the 2015 Pastry Chef of the Year from the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, as well as a 2016 and 2018 James Beard Award Semifinalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef.

In this episode we discuss:

  • From Litigation Clerk to Line Cook
  • Pursuing her passion for pastry
  • First pastry chef position at Palena in Washington, D.C.
  • Her long partnership with former White House Executive Chef Frank Ruta
  • Being named James Beard Award Semifinalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef in 2016 and 2018
  • What she did to overcome a serious career setback and move forward
  • And much more!

This episode is sponsored by:

PreGel America: A B2B developer and distributor of high quality, semi-finished dessert ingredients with state-of-the-art International Training Centers in Charlotte, NC; Los Angeles, CA; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Chicago, IL; and Dallas, TX. The PreGel 5-Star Pastry Series®, lectured by world-class pastry chefs, provides superior instruction in specialized pastry arts. Find out more at: https://www.pregeltraining.com/

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