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Chef Keegan Gerhard will lend his pastry know-how and renowned TV personality to emcee featured demonstrations for PreGel America at the 2013 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show (NRA) May 18-21 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
“We are extremely excited to have Chef Gerhard be a part of our presence at this year’s NRA,” said Marco Casol, president and CEO of PreGel America. “Chef Gerhard brings a wealth of knowledge and personality to everything he does in the world of desserts, and it was a natural fit to bring him on to emcee the demonstrations at our booth.”
The company will offer 12 scheduled demos each day at designated gelato and pastry demonstration stations at Booth 6223 for attendees to learn the latest in pastry and frozen desserts. Gerhard will emcee each of the demos and also be on hand to answer questions and meet with attendees. Schedules for the demonstrations are posted on the company’s website.
Chef and owner of D Bar Desserts in Denver and D Bar Restaurant in San Diego, Gerhard was named one of the nation’s top 10 pastry chefs of 2002 and 2004 by both Chocolatier and Pastry Arts & Design magazines. He has been featured on shows such as the Discovery Channel’s “Great Chefs of America,” CNN, HGTV, DIY and most notably as host and head judge of Food Network's "Food Network Challenge" and "Last Cake Standing" series.
Gerhard is also the emcee of the StarChefs.com International Pastry Competition, sponsored by PreGel. This will be the fourth year for the competition.
PreGel develops, manufactures and distributes ingredients, toppings and fillings from Italy, including flavors, powders and pastes used in gelato, frozen yogurt, pastry and other specialty desserts. Based in North Carolina since 2002, PreGel’s clients include restaurants, gelato cafes, coffee shops, patisseries, frozen yogurt shops, bakeries, pizzerias, hotels, resorts, grocery stores and universities, as well as a few distributors in the United States.