America’s Best Desserts: Chef Deb Pellegrino Shows Us the Sweet Life
Chef Deb gives whole new meaning to edible underwear. (Photo: Courtesy Deborah Pellegrino)
Forget the diet, vacation is all about letting go and taking in the full experience. And that means eating dessert!
And who knows dessert better than Chef Deborah Pellegrino, ultimate pastry chef and winner of “Food Network Challenge: Chocolate Myths.” As Executive Pastry Chef for Harrah’s Resort and Showboat Atlantic City, this Jersey girl makes the shore a sweeter place one plate at a time.
On her off time, she’s paid her way across the globe on private boats, cruise lines, and shore shacks by baking up desserts that please even the most hardened seamen. Her motto: travel to taste something that makes you feel alive — like glorious glorious sugar.
Here, Chef Deb’s top 10 desserts from across the country, from late-night cookie bombs in Vegas to island culture on a (pie) plate in Key West.
Salty sweet amazing: Chocolate Sea Salt Buddino (Photo: Courtesy FIG)
Chocolate Sea Salt Buddino
Where: The Ordinary, Charleston, South Carolina
“What is there to say? It inspired me to use sea salt in anything I can put it in! And with olive oil croutons, so crispy and tender at the same time, the balance of sweet and salty were like the parting of the sea.” [Note: Chef Deb originally ate this at FIG, sister restaurant to The Ordinary, although it’s no longer on the menu there.]
Key lime pie in Key West with a kiwi drizzle (Photo: David Mihalcik/Flickr)