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Biography

Named one of the Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America 2015 by Dessert Professional, Chef Zac Young is known for his playful takes on American desserts including the all-in-one Thanksgiving dessert sensation, The PieCaken.

After graduating with honors from the Baking and Pastry Arts program at the Institute of Culinary Education, he worked under Sebastian Rouxel and Richard Capizzi at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery. In 2006, his talents were recognized by Alex Guarnaschelli and he spent four years working as Pastry Chef at her downtown Butter Restaurant. Zac then trained in France under renowned Chefs... READ MORE

Named one of the Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America 2015 by Dessert Professional, Chef Zac Young is known for his playful takes on American desserts including the all-in-one Thanksgiving dessert sensation, The PieCaken.

After graduating with honors from the Baking and Pastry Arts program at the Institute of Culinary Education, he worked under Sebastian Rouxel and Richard Capizzi at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery. In 2006, his talents were recognized by Alex Guarnaschelli and he spent four years working as Pastry Chef at her downtown Butter Restaurant. Zac then trained in France under renowned Chefs Philipe Givre at Valrhona and Philipe Park at Chocolate Michel Cluizel.

After he returned to New York, Zac started a Donut Revolution with his dessert program at Flex Mussels Restaurants, also operating two pop-up donut stores in Grand Central Station. During that time he was included on the New York Times list of the Best Donuts in New York City.

In 2012, Zac joined the David Burke Group, now known as Craveable Hospitality Group. As Pastry Director, he oversees the dessert creations of the company’s restaurants and bars including SaltBrick Tavern, Aspen Kitchen, JIMMY, David Burke Prime, Caputo Trattoria, and David Burke Prime. Zac is known for his Final Four finish on the inaugural season of Bravo’s “Top Chef: Just Desserts,” and his signature wit and pastry wisdom showcased on The Cooking Channel’s long running show, “Unique Sweets.” He frequently appears on Food Network as a judge on shows such as “Chopped,” “Beat Bobby Flay,” “Worst Cooks in America,” and “Worst Bakers in America.”

When Zac grows up, he wants to be a competitive Dim Sum Eater.

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What is your favorite NYC restaurant? And what is your go-to dish? Little Owl - The Pork Chop, I'm basically in a relationship with it. What is your ultimate meal? A pint of ice cream. Eggs have protein! What three things are always in your pantry? Popcorn, rice wine vinegar, cashews If you weren't a chef, what would you be? Liza Minnelli If you could cook with anyone, who would that be? Adele, cause I'd make her sing to me, and I'd cry and eat my feelings. What’s your favorite NYCWFF memory? Going shopping every year for our table decorations. If it sparkles, I buy it. No sequins left behind!