The Top-Chef Winning Great Face Treating South Dakota to World-Class Confections
Ask any South Dakotan where to find the most decadent sweets in the state (or anywhere on this planet really) and you’ll undoubtedly hear CH Pâtisserie’s name thrown into the mix. With their handcrafted chocolates, caramels and other luxurious treats—it’s easy to see why.
Opened in the spring of 2013, CH Pàtisserie is the product of Top Chef: Just Desserts season two-winner Chris Hanmer and his wife, Caryn.
While you may not think of South Dakota as the place to get European delights like French Macarons or the bevy of elegant pastries found on the Petit Gateau menu, that’s exactly what you’ll find at this tasty spot located in the heart of downtown Sioux Falls.
But before any of the accolades, gold medals, or Bravo series, Chris was just a kid working his way up in the kitchen. So how does one go from a 15-year-old, peeling potatoes in the back of a country club, to becoming a World Champion Pastry Chef and proprietor of one of South Dakota’s most acclaimed confectionary shops?
Just ask Chris.
“Something really spoke to me about working in the kitchen,” Chris explained. “The more pressure there is, I tend to get better.”
It's what led him from that country club in California, across the world and working his culinary magic at world-class hotels in Las Vegas, constantly climbing and to becoming one of the best at his trade. After Top Chef, it was his wife that led to Chris finding his calling in the land of Great Faces, Great Places.
“My wife and I decided it was time to start our own business and we just knew this was going to be the right location for us in South Dakota.”
If you’re a traveler with a sweet tooth, you’ll definitely want to make CH Pàtisserie a part of your itinerary.
Read more about the state’s food scene and the Sioux Falls area in the official South Dakota Vacation Guide. Download your free copy.