Chicago pastry chef receives sweet honors
July 6th, 2017
Jacquy Pfeiffer, a French master pastry chef and co-founder of the French Pastry School in Chicago, was awarded the Legion of Honor award a few days ago by the French government. It is France’s highest accolade.
Pfeiffer’s started his career as an apprenticeship in France at the famed Jean Clauss Pâtisserie. He went on to work as a pastry chef for the Royal Family in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; the Sultan of Brunei; and the Pritzker family’s Hyatt Regency in Hong Kong, among other high-end hotels and resorts.
In 1995, he co-founded the French Pastry School with Sebastien Canonne. The school is part of Kendall College, and Pfeiffer is the academic dean for student affairs.
Canonne was awarded the honor a few years ago.
The school isn’t just for future chefs. There are locals who want to learn more about baking who take classes there, too. Read my column about Maria Pappas’s recent excursion at the pastry school.