Baking Holiday Treats with Chef Amanda Rockman

Jean Banchet Pastry Chef of the Year

December 24–26, 2020

This Christmas, let visions of sugar cookies dance in your head—and that’s just the beginning. Renowned pastry Chef Amanda Rockman will be on hand to make this our sweetest Christmas celebration yet, and you’re invited to join in and get your hands flour-y while creating delicious holiday treats. Kids can build a gingerbread house that rivals your luxury guest home. And you’ll learn the secrets of baking the perfect cookie during live demonstrations from one of the country’s leading pastry chefs, Amanda Rockman. 

Chef Amanda Rockman

Culinary Director, New Waterloo, Austin, TX

Chef Amanda Rockman’s interest in the culinary field began at an early age. Growing up in Katy, Texas, she was inspired by the dinner parties her mom would throw for friends. Her mom’s passion for food sparked the same interest in her.

Rockman went on to attend the Culinary Institute of America in New York and later completed an internship under Emily Luchetti at Farallon in San Francisco. Her career then took her to Chicago, where she worked at the acclaimed TRU, Spring, the three-Michelin-starred L2O and the Peninsula Hotel. Rockman also helped open the Bristol, Balena and the Thompson Hotel’s Nico Osteria as executive pastry chef.

Having previously worked in Austin as executive pastry chef at Fino and Asti, Rockman returned to Texas in 2015 as executive pastry chef at the South Congress Hotel. In 2018 Rockman was promoted to culinary director of all New Waterloo properties. 

Rockman was named as a James Beard Foundation Award finalist in 2015, received the Jean Banchet Pastry Chef of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012 and was selected as the Chicago Tribune’s Pastry Chef of the Year in 2012. She has appeared on The Better Show, Hungry Hound, Top Chef Just Desserts and Windy City Live.



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