Chef set to make world's longest candy cane in Geneva
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Alain Roby, who set a new Guinness World Record for his 20-foot, 8-inch chocolate skyscraper in 2006, will go for another record on Dec. 8, the "World's Longest Sugar Cane" stretching 45 feet.
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Chicago's world-renowned pastry guru, Chef Alain Roby, who will go for a three-peat as he obtains his third Guinness World Record at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in downtown Geneva. The "World's Longest Sugar Cane" will stretch 45 feet, beginning at the Geneva Courthouse and stretching to the intersection in front of his All Chocolate Kitchen at 33 S. Third St.
Residents, neighbors and friends are invited to join Geneva Mayor Kevin R. Burns and watch Roby as he pulls sugar down festive Third Street. Holder of two Guinness World Records including World's Tallest Cooked Sugar Building and World's Tallest Chocolate Sculpture, Chef Roby's attempt for a third record will set him over the top as the only pastry chef to hold three Guinness World Records. His award-winning cooked sugar building was 12 feet, 10 inches tall and chocolate sculpture was 20 feet, 8 inches tall.
A certified master chef of pastry and sugar artistry, and Hall of Fame member in both Pastry Art & Design and Chocolatier magazines, Roby is internationally known for his talent in creating sugar and chocolate masterpieces. All Chocolate Kitchen offers guests the opportunity to indulge in desserts and truffles from the finest grand cru-quality Belgian and Swiss chocolate. Roby and his team also create artistic sugar sculptures, as well as authentic Italian gelato with imported ingredients from Rome. His life-size chocolate sculptures as seen on the Food Network are displayed at the cafe.
Roby studied and learned his culinary art in Paris from the famous Pastry Chef Lenotre. His work has been featured in Food & Wine, Gourmet, Architectural Digest, Traditional Home and Veranda as well as on The Learning Channel and Food Network's "Extreme Pastry" and "Sugar Rush" shows. He has been highlighted in three Food Network specials: "Unwrapped with Mark Summers," "Mystery Birthday Cakes," and "The World's Tallest Sugar Building." Roby has served as a celebrity chef during the Celebrity Chef Tour in Chicago and has been the head pastry chef at the NFL Commissioner's Super Bowl Party for the past 19 years.
Before opening All Chocolate Kitchen, Chef Roby worked as the corporate executive pastry chef for a major hotel corporation for 24 years. He is the author of the cookbook, "Alain Roby's American Classics: Casual and Elegant Desserts," an editor's top 10 pick by The Food Channel.
All Chocolate Kitchen guests have complimentary access to Roby's famous chocolate creations, including the life-size All Chocolate Kitchen, made entirely out of dark Belgian chocolate; a 700-pound sculpture of Neil Armstrong in an astronaut suit, created out of white chocolate for the Adler Planetarium that was featured on the Food Network and the Learning Channel; and finally, a life size, 650-pound white chocolate BlAll Chocolate Kitchenhawks player, honoring Chicago native/former NHL player Eddie Olczyk, presented to him at the BlAll Chocolate Kitchenhawks' celebration of the 2010 Stanley Cup.
All Chocolate Kitchen is at 33 S. Third St. in downtown Geneva. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For information, visit www.AllChocolateKitchen.com or call (630) 232-2395.
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