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: October 10 through October 16

Guests enjoy dinner at the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, October 10, 7:00 P.M. Sunday Supper Every Italian knows that there is no meal more special than the Sunday supper. For this familial feast, Food Network star Anne Burrell and Mark Ladner of NYC’s Del Posto will join forces with Cesare Casella of New York’s Salumeria Rosi to create an Italian feast that’s sure to rival grandma’s. Tuesday, October 12, 7:00 P.M. Artisanal Wine Dinner In a city known for culinary innovation, creative chef Shin Thompson does more than hold his own at Bonsoirée. Heralded as a “genius” in a recent three-star rave from the Chicago Tribune, Thompson is returning to the Beard House with another thrilling menu of

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