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Highbrow Dessert

Top Chef Just Desserts didn't prompt the trend of taking pastry to the next level; the show merely reflected it.

For the first time ever, Food & Wine named a Best New Pastry Chef, Chris Ford, who was in the tents not far from the Best New Chefs serving up a pistachio rocky road pudding. A new Friday night event this year? Last Bite, a late-night dessert party hosted by Gail Simmons. Even Grand Cochon was spilling over with desserts, like the porky-chocolate pudding with whipped leaf lard buttercream and cinnamon (shown here), by Naomi Pomeroy of Portland's Beast.

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