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New England Culinary Institute Alumnus Named a “Best New Pastry Chef 2012” by Food & Wine Magazine

news3_sept12New England Culinary Institute alumnus Shawn Gawle has been named as a “Best New Pastry Chef 2012” by Food & Wine magazine.

Gawle graduated NECI in 1999 with an AOS degree in Culinary Arts. “For Shawn to have created such an impressive niche in the baking and pastry world with a culinary-arts background demonstrates how imagination, creativity and fearlessness—coupled with knowledge of ‘the basics’—can create unlimited possibilities,” says Fran Voigt, NECI founder and CEO. “Shawn will no doubt have many more culinary successes in what will surely be a long and illustrious career.”

Food & Wine attributed Gawle’s success to his combining “modernist and classic techniques to create thoughtful, elegant, French-inflected desserts that often highlight Asian ingredients, like yuzu and cardamom.”

Formally trained as a savory cook, Gawle has spent years working in some of America’s most highly regarded kitchens with world-renowned chefs from Chicago to Philadelphia and New York City. His mastery of classic French technique has freed him to channel his creativity and push boundaries with his desserts. Gawle has been serving as pastry chef at New York’s first-class restaurant, Corton, since 2010. This most recent award from Food & Wine is the latest of his many accolades.

New England Culinary Institute, founded in 1980, is widely recognized for its innovative immersion style of education featuring small classes, hands-on learning and personal attention. Its graduates are sought after the world over for their level of skill and preparation. For more information on New England Culinary Institute, visit