ACC hosts world-renowned pastry chef

Pastry Chef Susan Notter teaches workshop at ACC

Chef Susan Notter pastry workshop participants

Austin Community College (ACC) hosted professional pastry chefs from across Texas for a special one-day workshop learning the art of edible works with prominent pastry chef Susan Notter.  

Chef Notter’s professional accomplishments include winning a gold medal at the 2000 Culinary Olympics and being named one of the Top 10 Pastry Chefs in the U.S. by Pastry Arts & Design Magazine. She has also appeared on several Food Network shows, including "Food Network Challenge," “Cupcake Wars,” and "Halloween Wars" and is now the pastry arts program director at the Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts.

I learned about Susan Notter when I was in culinary school,” says Ellen Sternau, ACC Culinary Arts associate professor. “She owned the International School of Confectionary Arts in Switzerland. I was excited to meet her, and see what I could learn from her.”

ACC Chef Ellen Sternau

Chefs participating in the workshop made delicate treats including fine chocolates and bonbons.

Sternau says she will share what she learned with her students.

“Teaching them the importance of being able to purchase such high quality, ready-to-use products is important and useful!”

Chef Notter pastry workshop treats

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View more photos from the workshop on our Flickr album below.