Article posted: 5/14/2013 5:00 AM

Naperville pastry chef living the sweet life

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Chef Erica Tomei runs the pastry kitchens at the Chicago Marriott Naperville.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Chef Erica Tomei runs the pastry kitchens at the Chicago Marriott Naperville.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Erica Tomei runs the pastry kitchens at the Chicago Marriott Naperville.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

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Honey harvested by hives located on the roof of the Chicago Marriott Naperviller flavors a wedding cake made by hotel pastry chef Erica Tomei.

Courtesy of Chicago Marriott Naperville

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Erica Tomei was on the road to becoming a teacher and tooka detour to culinary school. Today Tomei, 33, is the head pastry chef at the Chicago Marriott Naperville where she says she relies on her teaching training daily. "In a sense, as a chef I am doing the best of both worlds," she says. " I'm baking and teaching my team new skills as their leader."
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    • Chef Erica Tomei runs the pastry kitchens at the Chicago Marriott Naperville.
    •  Chef Erica Tomei runs the pastry kitchens at the Chicago Marriott Naperville.
    •  Erica Tomei runs the pastry kitchens at the Chicago Marriott Naperville.
    •  Honey harvested by hives located on the roof of the Chicago Marriott Naperviller flavors a wedding cake made by hotel pastry chef Erica Tomei.
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