Hey, ya’ll! We’re back with another Humans of Chestnut installment, this time featuring our pastry professor Dennis Bernard. While Dennis cut his teeth in culinary school and has gained much of his experience with cooks and chefs from Florida to Illinois, we have him slinging gourmet desserts. Anyone who’s seen the seasonal sweets on our menu recently probably won’t complain about that.
Here are a few words from the man himself:
What keeps you going despite everything that’s going on in the world?
Dennis: What keeps me going is my wife and dogs, family, friends, music, and an occasional nip of mezcal. I just try to stay positive.
What do you look forward to most about the “return to normal” or new normal following COVID-19?
Dennis: Looking forward to live music and being able to go back to bustling restaurants.
You make desserts daily; what’s a dessert you’d be comfortable choosing if it was all you could have the rest of your life?
Dennis: One dessert for the rest of my life…well that’s tough, I guess if I had to choose it would be the
Bananas Foster. It is classic and delicious and pairs well with bourbon (neat).
Are you an Ashevillle native, or did you move here?
Dennis: No, we just moved here last June from Chicago, trading the big buildings for the
beautiful mountains and weather.
And what a great addition to the town and to our family here at Chestnut. Much love, Dennis. Thanks for the sweets!