Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel) Announces New Executive Pastry Chef
Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A
Inspired to the kitchen by his grandmother, Ford was baking bread and testing recipes as a six-year-old growing up in Orlando, Florida. Upon reaching post-secondary-school age, he enrolled in the local Le Cordon Bleu and fell for dessert about halfway through. “Pastry really opened my mind,” he recalls. “There is so much creativity and really no boundaries.”
Following graduation, Ford took his talents first to an Orlando-area luxury hotel; then to the acclaimed New York dessert bar ChikaLicious; and finally to the opening of Trummer’s On Main in Clifton, Virginia. Along the way he learned how food “speaks” to him and how best to answer back: “Never give a peach more than it needs,” he says. During his time at Trummers, he was also awarded the “Rising Star” honour from StarChefs.com.
In 2011, Ford joined Michael Mina’s reputable team as Executive Pastry Chef of the new
Ford left Four Seasons for a few years to serve as pastry chef of Thomas Keller's celebrated Bouchon, Bouchon Bakery and Bar Bouchon, during which time he was named one of Zagat's "30 Under 30" of Los Angeles. Following his time in LA, Ford teamed up with Bryan Voltaggio as corporate pastry chef, overseeing nine restaurants across the Mid-Atlantic region. While there, he orchestrated a series of "pastry takeovers" on Instagram featuring top pastry chefs from all over US. The highly visual social media collaborations not only celebrated the beautiful art of dessert, but also gave Ford the opportunity to partner with veteran pastry talents that he’s admired for years, such as Michael Laiskonis and Melissa Coppel.
Ford is thrilled to not only return to the West Coast but also to the
When not busy in the kitchen, he enjoys snapping photos and videos of sweet creations to post on his Instagram account and his blog, Butter Love & Hardwork which has been featured in several publications.
In addition to enjoying Ford’s pastries at THE Blvd or at a Hotel event, guests will be also be able to get a virtual taste by following Beverly Wilshire’s social handles and the hashtag #BWPastry.
Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel)