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Amanda Rockman from "Top Chef Just Desserts" is one of the contestants in Season 2 of the Bravo reality culinary competition series. She is a 29-year-old pastry chef who is currently living in Chicago, Illinois. Her favorite simple fall dessert recipe is Vanilla Basque Cake with confit apples, apple cider sabayon with cinnamon candied walnuts.

Amanda Rockman ("Top Chef Just Desserts") grew up in Katy, Texas, where her mother would prepare lavish meals made from fresh and seasonal ingredients;
Amanda Rockman in "Top Chef: Just Desserts"
Amanda Rockman Top Chef: Just Desserts
she still recalls the day her mother made a Sacher torte when she was eight. Those meals around the dinner table provided enough inspiration for Amanda to attend The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park where she received her A.O.S. in Baking and Pastry Arts. Upon graduation, Amanda moved to Chicago to work at TRU under Gale Gand, where she started their chocolate program, offering twelve hand made confections nightly, and importantly, met Chef Chris Pandel who was her sous chef.

Shortly thereafter, she traveled abroad for a few months and returned to Texas to work as the Executive Pastry Chef of FINO and ASTI Trattoria in Austin. After a few years, she returned to Chicago where she helped open Laurent Gras's L.20, and at the age of 26, she became the Pastry Sous Chef at The Peninsula Hotel where she met her mentor, Celine Plano. In January 2011, she was honored with Chicago's Jean Banchet Rising Pastry Chef award alongside Chef Chris Pandel, whom she rejoins at The Bristol.

Amanda's culinary philosophy is "Flavor comes first. Technique is second." Amanda says, "Last but not least, your food needs a bit of soul. Sure, it can be simple or complex, but I want you to be able to feel the love and attention that was put into making that pastry." She always has on hand almond flour, vanilla bean, salt, vinegar and chocolate. Amanda will be opening The Bristol group's second restaurant, Balena, in Chicago come fall 2011.

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Where does Amanda Rockman live? Find out here.

Age: ∼34 years old
Hometown: Katy, TX
Current Residence: Chicago, IL

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