LAS VEGAS – March 5, 2018 – Chef Stephen Sullivan, the accomplished Executive Pastry Chef at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, was named “Pastry Chef of the Year” at the 29th Annual U.S. Pastry Competition on Sunday, March 4, 2018.

Held in New York City at the 2018 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York, Chef Stephen showcased eight signature desserts, a plated dessert and a custom-made show piece made of chocolate. The 2018 showpiece theme was “The Great Race,” meaning competitors’ inspiration was derived from recognized forms of race, including car racing, swimming, horse racing, running, cycling and boating.

“It’s a thrill to be named Pastry Chef of the Year,” said Chef Stephen Sullivan. “I’m honored to have represented Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino and the Las Vegas community at this prestigious event. Being a pastry chef is unlike any other job in the world. It truly is an art form and I have dedicated myself to pushing the boundaries of what is possible with desserts.”   

With more than 20 years of experience in some of the most prominent hotels in the country, Executive Pastry Chef Stephen Sullivan brings an unmatched passion for his craft. He began his career while baking in the United States Marine Corps, where he won several medals while serving in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Prior to joining the Westgate culinary team, Chef Stephen held pastry chef positions at several prestigious properties around the country, including the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, the Fairmont San Francisco and The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa. In 2016, Chef Stephen was awarded “Pastry Chef of the Year” at the 2016 Las Vegas Food & Wine Festival. Chef Stephen’s interest in constant growth has led him to continually advance his training at schools nationwide, including The Barry Callebaut Chocolate Academy, The Notter School of Pastry Arts, Pre-Gel 5-star Chef Series, World Pastry Forum Classes and Master Classes at Jean-Marie Auboine Chocolate Shop. 

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