Up-and-Coming Spanish Chef Demonstrates Award-Winning Culinary Skills for ISU Dining

21 Feb 2012
He’s won culinary awards in Paris, is part of a popular European father-son pastry team, and this month, Chef Julian Arranz spent time working with chefs on the Iowa State campus. Arranz spent a day touring ISU Dining venues, meeting with staff, and demonstrating some of his most popular dishes.

“It is always fun to meet chefs from different parts of the world and exchange knowledge, techniques and skills,” said ISU Dining Sous Chef Ed Astarita.

Arranz is visiting a number of high schools and colleges throughout Iowa as part of an exchange program that also sees ISU culinary science students visit Spain to learn from chefs like Arranz. The Spanish chef and his father, Raul, are a highly regarded, award-winning pastry team from Valladolid, Spain.

As part of his demonstration, Arranz prepared his famous chocolate fruit lollipops. The lollipops are a favorite in Europe and feature dried fruit and crushed pistachios sitting on a circular swirl of chocolate.

“Watching him make the elegant chocolate fruit lollipops and his use of different methods in producing cheesecake in a glass, he gave me some new ideas that I can build on and use in future desserts,” said Astarita.

To view some of Chef Arranz’s award-winning work, visit www.pasteleriaarranz.com.

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