Orlando Man Named Best Pastry Chef in America

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Andreas Proisl
Andreas Proisl, executive pastry chef at Isleworth Country Club in Windermere, has been named the Pastry Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation. Proisl, a resident of Orlando, was awarded the honor at the ACF National Covnention in Anaheim last week.

The ACF Pastry Chef of the Year award, established in 2004, recognizes, according to a press release, “a pastry chef who displays a passion for the craft, has an accomplished reputation in the pastry field and has helped educate others by sharing skills and knowledge.”

Proisl received the national award after competing against the three other finalists from other regions in a live competition Aug. 4. Chefs had 3 hours, 30 minutes to prepare, cook and serve a decorated torte/cake, contemporary dessert and hot restaurant-style dessert. A panel of judges selected the winner.

Proisl’s menu was: an almond soufflé cake with peach sorbet, raspberry/peach compote and peach sauce; Splenda pineapple mousse carrot cake with braised pineapple, sugar-free vanilla ice cream, pecan crunch and strawberry jelly; and a vanilla, orange and hazelnut torte.

Proisl, a 25-year pastry veteran, trained in Vienna, Austria, and specializes in European pastries, including classic Viennese and French cakes and tortes. He has worked for the private country club since 2000, and provides desserts and specialty wedding cakes for the club’s restaurants and banquets.

Winter Park Shipyard Brewpub Will Feature Cuisine of Big Wheel Provisions

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Tony Adams of Big Wheel Provisions
More information is coming in about the Shipyard Brewing Co.’s brewpub I told you about last week. The Portland, Maine, company is taking over the former Strollo’s Cucina Due space on Fairbanks Avenue. The company has just announced that the food will be under the direction of Tony Adams, owner of Big Wheel Provisions of Orlando. Big Wheel is one of the big wheels of locavorism and the slow-food movement. In fact, when it opens, in mid- to late-October, don't be surprised if it's called the Shipyard Brew Pub and Big Wheel Provisions Marketplace.

Big Wheel is a regular at the Audobon Park Community Market, and on Monday, August 16, Adams and Ron Raike, who will oversee the restaurant’s brewing tanks, will offer tastes of food and beer at the market. The market is in the parking lot of Stardust Video and Coffee at 1842 E. Winter Park Road, Orlando. The tasting will be from 6 to 10 p.m.

Raike, an Orlando native, has been with Shipyard Brewing Company for 13 years as a brewer and brewery representative. He will tend to the brewpub’s 28-gallon brewing system (that could be depleted on a good night).

Big Wheel Provisions produces all of its products in small amounts using local, seasonal ingredients.

Hometown Buffet To Occupy Former Bennigan's on West Colonial Drive

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A small operator of buffet restaurants in Tampa and Brandon has signed a lease to take over the former Bennigan's at 7344 W.Colonial Drive, Orlando. The restaurant will be called Orlando Hometown Buffet (the company is not affiliated with Minnesota-based Hometown Buffet). The company signed a five-year lease on the 6,200 square foot space. An October opening is planned. The buffet restaurant will hold 220 patrons, or, if they're all regulars, presumably fewer.

Best Burger Search -- Who Do You Want to See on the Final Ballot?

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OK, we're getting close to finalizing the list of nominees for our Best Burger in Central Florida search. I've already told you the names of the restaurants I think should be on the ballot (you can see my list here). I asked you who else you'd like to see on the ballot. I got several nominations, but we have only a few open spots on the ballot. So I'm going to let you decide who you'd like to see included in the final list. This of this as a Burger Primary. Vote for your favorite below (Note: you must be logged in to vote):