The Most Innovative Dessert Showpieces

Chris Hanmer is making some of the most innovative dessert showpieces in the business.  Owner of The School of Pastry Design in Las Vegas and frequent Food Network Challenge competitor, Hanmer regularly uses blowtorches and liquid nitrogen to create his dessert masterpieces.

Hanmer relishes the difficult and extreme, making showpieces that push the boundaries of what chocolate can do.

In Food Network Challenge "Runaway Chocolate," Hanmer "suspended a turn-of-the-century twenty-pound chocolate woman on a bicycle in a flowing chocolate dress on a two-inch wide chocolate track and rolled her."

At his school, Hanmer teaches students rudimentary techniques like blowing sugar and tempering chocolate. But his personal style, "creativity through brute force," demands more elaborate skills.

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