Culinary Corner: An interview with Pastry Chef Sherry Stolfo of the Chef’s Academy

Chef Sherry Stolfo is a Pastry Chef instructor at the Chef’s Academy, an accredited culinary school located in Morrisville NC. Stolfo is using our Gingerbread Benefit as a learning opportunity and is collaborating with her students to plan their gingerbread house for our Gingerbread Benefit. I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Chef Sherry Stolfo of the Chef's Academy

What or who inspired you to become a pastry chef?  My Father – I followed in his footsteps – 2nd generation Pastry Chef. My Father, Rinaldo Stolfo, is 80 years old and still works in his bakery that he opened over 50 years ago. Now that’s passion!!

When you start a project do you have a vision or goal in mind, or do you figure it out as you go? I always have a vision, the path may change a bit by the time I’m done, but I always start with a plan and visualize what I am trying to accomplish!!

What are your three favorite ingredients to work with?   Sugar, cream and eggs

What will the inspiration for your gingerbread house be? If you’re unsure, how will you plan and prepare for the Gingerbread Benefit?  This will be a class project for my Pastry students, we will collaborate and come up with a plan.

What are the most challenging aspects of being a pastry chef?  Balancing work and family and the weather!

When do you feel most rewarded for your work?  When it is appreciated and enjoyed by others.

The 9th annual Gingerbread Benefit is to be held on December 1, 2011 at the Umstead Hotel and Spa. Tickets for the event are available online at

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