Kings of Pastry


Top Chef Just Desserts Season 2 Finale: Michael Laiskonis on MOFs and Motifs

We’ve come to the finale of this season of Top Chef Just Desserts. In keeping with tradition, Michael Laiskonis, Executive Pastry Chef at Le Bernardin, helps us navigate the sweet and lowdown. Is the restaurant pastry chef the underdog here? I think there is some truth to that- it depends on how well-rounded a pastry chef’s [...]

Top Chef Just Desserts Season 2, Episode 9: Laiskonis on Brilliant Disguises

We’re one episode away from the finale of this season of Top Chef Just Desserts. Michael Laiskonis, Executive Pastry Chef at Le Bernardin, dissects what happened with the desserts in disguise and dishes on everything from cereal to how he moved from punk rock into pastry. At the start of this episode, Matt eats some Cap’n [...]

The Next Iron Chef Episode 6: Chef Marc Forgione on Pressure and Pressure Cookers

Competitor and native New Yorker Marc Forgione walks us through what happened in Vegas in this latest nail-biter of an ep of The Next Iron Chef. Threatened with a double elimination at the outset, chef Forgione was sweating it out with three of his fellow chefs until the very last minute. This show is set [...]

Top Chef Just Desserts Episode 3: Half-Baked Sale

The situation on TCJD gets stickier and stickier every week, due to the increasing pressure and clashing personalities of the pastry pros. Thankfully, renowned pastry chef Michael Laiskonis is back to help us navigate what went right and wrong with everything from this week’s wedding cakes to one cheftestant’s dry cupcakes. My first question tonight [...]