Chef Demo by Aaron Russell of Restaurant Eugene, 10:00 a.m.
Live Music by Alex Gordon, Happy Nest Kids Activities, all morning
10:00 a.m. on 8/17
Chef Demos are sponsored by
Aaron Russell, Pastry Chef at Restaurant Eugene, worked his way through culinary school while baking bread at night at Breadgarden, Atlanta's finest bakery at the time. After graduation, he became pastry chef at Nikolai's Roof, the first restaurant in the Southeast to receive 4 Mobil Stars. This led to a position as Assistant Pastry Chef at The Dining Room in the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, which cemented his career path. While there, he was promoted to become the youngest 5 Mobil Star Pastry Chef in the nation. Aaron then took the position of Pastry Chef at Guenter Seeger's namesake restaurant Seeger's. Chef Seeger's austere approach to local, organic ingredients and simple preparations has held the most influence on Aaron's current style.
In 2008 and 2009, Russell was nominated for "Outstanding Pastry Chef" by the James Beard Foundation while working at The Chocolate Bar. In 2010, Chef Linton Hopkins invited Aaron to take charge of the pastry kitchen at Restaurant Eugene, where Russell has received three more James Beard Award nominations. This Saturday, Chef Russell surprises us with a summer dessert!