Brooks Headley Gets Fancy

2013 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Pastry Chef award winner Brooks Headley

 

When Brooks Headley took over the pastry department at New York City’s four-star Del Posto, it wasn’t long before his playful spirit began to seep into the acclaimed menu. Now the whip-smart, humble 2013 Outstanding Pastry Chef award winner can also add “author” to his résumé: his much-anticipated cookbook, Fancy Desserts, hit shelves this fall. Below, Brooks gets candid with senior editor Elena North-Kelly about chefs’ partying habits, his unexpected views on chocolate, and the essential ingredients for nailing any dessert.

 

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Elena North-Kelly: You’ve described your culinary style as that of a “buzzed Italian grandma,” which may come as a surprise to some people, given your alter-ego as a drummer in punk bands... Read more >

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Q & A with JBF Award Nominee Brooks Headley

Brooks Headley (photo by Glen E. Friedman)

 

When former punk rocker Brooks Headley took over the pastry department at New York City’s four-star Del Posto, it didn’t take long for his playful spirit to seep through the menu. We caught up with the Outstanding Pastry Chef award nominee to learn about his “buzzed Italian grandma” cookbook, the Del Posto dessert that was inspired by a Looney Tunes episode, and the childhood food memory that still haunts him.

 

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JBF: You were a drummer for many years before you were a chef. Do you like to listen to music while you’re in the kitchen?

 

BH: I still occasionally play drums in a crummy... Read more >

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On the Menu: Sunday Supper

Food Network Wine & Food Festival Sunday Supper at the James Beard Foundation

Every Italian knows that there is no meal more special than the Sunday supper, when the family comes together around the table. For our third and final partnership with the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, Food Network star Anne Burell and Mark Ladner of NYC’s Del Posto, who were once co sous-chefs for Mario Batali on Iron Chef America, will join forces with Cesare Casella of New York’s Salumeria Rosi for an Italian feast that’s sure to rival grandma’s. Below, the menu:

Hors d’Oeuvre Cesare Casella Salumi Misti > Italian Cured Meats Leek Tarts Anne Burrell Parmigiano-Reggiano–

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