Dining, Events, & Interviews


Meet the Judges!

We are getting ready to welcome the 6 contestants to compete in our first AUI Chocolate Cup! We've brought on four world-renowned pastry chefs and chocolatiers to judge the competition: Sylvain Bortolini, Jin Caldwell, Christopher Elbow and Michael Klug! READ MORE

February 1, 2018

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Attention Chocolatiers: AUI and Felchlin Present the AUI Chocolate Cup!

Get ready to rumble, chocolatiers! Last Fall, we were thrilled to host some of the top pastry chefs in the country for our AUI Pastry Cup. This June, we’ll have six top chocolate artisans join us here at AUI HQ for the AUI Chocolate Cup. So brush up your tempering skills and start polishing your polycarbonate molds, because we’re giving away $10,000 in cash prizes. That will buy you an awful lot of transfer sheets. READ MORE

January 4, 2017


The Results Are In for the AUI Pastry Cup!

And the winner is...

After months of preparation and two days of intense pastry competition, the scores have been tallied and a winner has been named for the AUI Pastry Cup. From a field of 12 talented finalists and under the critical eye of a prestigious panel of judges...READ MORE

September 19th, 2017

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Meet the Judges for the 2017 AUI Pastry Cup

Get Ready for the Big Competition!

We're just about a month away from the 2017 AUI Pastry Cup! Now that you've met the competitors, it's time to get to know our venerable panel of judges. READ MORE

August 17th, 2017


Meet the 12 Chefs Competing in the AUI Pastry Cup!

Get to Know these Pastry Professionals and Prepare to Place Your Bets for September's Competition

This week, we announced the names of the finalists competing in the AUI Pastry Cup. We can’t wait to welcome these 12 talented pastry chefs to AUI headquarters for 2 days of fierce competition in September. To get to know them better, we asked our competitors about their favorite desserts to make for guests—and about their personal favorite desserts to eat! READ MORE

August 4th, 2017


Go to Summer School with AUI Fine Foods

Check out our summer schedule of educational events good for 2 Continuing Education Hours from the ACF!

Is summertime a slow time in your kitchen? Or, are you in peak season and looking for a good excuse to escape the madness? Either way, summer is the perfect time to get a little extra pastry knowledge under your toque. Lucky for you, AUI has a full calendar of continuing education events planned for the coming season. Even better: each of these events will earn you 2 hours of Continuing Education credit from the ACF! READ MORE

June 5, 2017


Meet the Judges

AUI Pastry Cup 2016

We are getting ready to welcome the 12 contestant to compete in our first annual AUI Pastry Cup! We've brought on world-renowned pastry chef Antonio Bachour to lead a team of prestigious judges including: Ewald Notter, Christopher Elbow and Orlando Santos. READ MORE

August 26, 2016

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A Look Back at Espai Sucre

16 Years Later, the World’s First Dessert-Only Restaurant is Going Strong

Espai Sucre, or “Sugar Space” as it is known in English, flaunts a fairly impressive claim to fame. When it opened its doors at the turn of the millennium, this dessert-only restaurant leapt into the limelight with the declaration that it was the only eatery of its kind. Since then, this unique little enterprise has inspired a series of copycat dessert bars, all of them wanting a taste of the Espai Sucre appeal. It was not just the originality of the idea that launched their success, however. Espai Sucre is an artisan’s passion project, born out of founder Jordi Butrón’s love for food, and expertise in molecular gastronomy - the study of the chemical changes that occur in ingredients during the cooking process. READ MORE

August 17, 2016


U.S. Pastry Cup Competition Announcement

Introducing AUI's New Pastry Competition!

We’ve been baking up something extra special at AUI Fine Foods, and today we are beyond excited to announce the official start of our new pastry competition, The U.S. Pastry Cup! We’re hoping that this brand new competition will help discover some incredible pastry chefs, and we’ve brought on world-renowned pastry chef Antonio Bachour to lead a team of prestigious judges (names to be announced soon!) to help us find them. Cash prizes totaling $10,000 will be awarded to the winner and finalists after a rigorous live three-day competition and preliminary recipe submission phase.  READ MORE

June 10, 2016


Dog Tag Bakery

A Local Bakery With A Special Mission

Situated on a quiet corner of Washington, D.C.’s bustling Georgetown neighborhood, a quaint two-story bakery is growing quickly. While the first floor holds the store front and seating space, the second story houses offices, a prep kitchen, and the classroom workspace. This bakery doesn’t just produce fresh-baked artisan breads and pastries; they’re producing future business leaders. 

June 3, 2016


Pastry Chefs Find Bistro Bliss At The Blanchard

A Dining Experience

I recently had the great pleasure of enjoying a night out in Chicago with some very talented chefs. Arriving early for our reservation and stepping out of the frigid Chicago night, we were immediately warmed up by the gracious greeting at the hostess desk. We were escorted through the dining room and passed the open kitchen with its impeccably shiny hoods and a staff busily getting ready for service. READ MORE

April 13, 2016


The Pastry Chef's Pastry Party

For The Love of Chocolate’s Annual Gala Event

This past weekend, AUI had the great pleasure of sponsoring the For The Love Of Chocolate Foundation’s  annual gala with many other fine food companies. The Foundation’s primary purpose is to award scholarships to full-time students at The French Pastry School  in Chicago, but last Saturday their secondary purpose was to throw a killer candy-colored party. READ MORE

March 4, 2016

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Aroma Kitchen Therapy at STUCKI

Dinner At One of Switzerland's Premier Dining Destinations 

Aroma Kitchen is the culinary philosophy that was cultivated by renowned Swiss chef Tanja Grandits. According to Grandits, Aroma Kitchen succeeds only when multiple tastes harmonize perfectly with one another, while contrasting textures, such as crispy and creamy, harmoniously meet together in the mouth. In other words, Aroma Kitchen is eating with all of your senses together in order to create a memorable experience. READ MORE

February 26, 2016

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The World's 5th Best Restaurant 

A Tasting Experience At Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park has set a global precedent for fine dining since it opened its doors to the public in 1998. The restaurant has gained global attention and has remained on the high end of San Pellegrino’s annual list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. For the past two years the restaurant has been ranked number five on the list, attaining even more notoriety and praise for their experimental menu of haute cuisine. READ MORE 

December 8, 2015


AUI Featured Chef: William Racin

Words of Wisdom From The Field

We are delighted to feature one of our very talented customers, Chef William Racin of The Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. READ MORE

December 4, 2015


Astrid & Gaston Restaurant Review

A Taste Of Peru

Esteemed Chef Gastón Acurio opened the doors to his renowned Peruvian gem Astrid & Gaston in 1994, inadvertently igniting a spark to Peruvian cuisine’s gastronomical revolution. The restaurant, named affectionately after him and his wife, originally featured a menu dedicated to French cuisine. Since the restaurant’s opening the menu has evolved into an eclectic sampling of original Peruvian fare, influenced by Chef Gaston’s mission to introduce the world to the genuine flavors of Peruvian food. READ MORE

November 3, 2015


AUI Featured Chef: Nicolas Blouin

Words of Wisdom From The Field

We are delighted to feature one of our very talented customers, Chef Nicolas Blouin of the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas. READ MORE

October 26, 2015


Five American Presidents and One Swiss Chef

A Conversation With Former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller

We are an incredibly fortunate bunch here at AUI. Not only do we get to experiment with the most cutting edge pastry ingredients and taste test delectable gourmet treats, but we also have the amazing opportunity to meet with some of the most talented and renowned chefs in the business. Today, we would like to take a moment to acquaint you with one these amazing chefs, who just happened to be a close friend and Swiss countryman of our founder, Albert Uster. We recently had the great pleasure of sitting down for an interview with Chef Henry Haller, White House Executive Chef from 1966 to 1987. READ MORE

October 21, 2015

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Pastry Live!  Playtime for Pastry Chefs

Like most pastry chefs and food service professionals, the folks who work at AUI live by the saying “Work hard, play hard.” That’s why last week’s big Pastry Live 2015 event in Atlanta, Georgia, was truly the perfect event for us. Sure, we were there working our booth and judging competitions and performing a demo. But, we were also just having fun with our pastry friends and colleagues at an event that really celebrates the art and science of our craft. READ MORE

September 4, 2015


Summer Fancy Food Maze – Top Trend – A Return to Nature

Have you ever seen the cartoon movie with the cute little misunderstood rat chef? READ MORE

July 13, 2015