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University Club at the University of Missouri

Daniel M. Pliska, Executive Chef and Assistant Manager of the University Club at the University of Missouri recently released Pastry & Dessert Techniques - a well-illustrated and informative resource of proven pastry techniques that can be used by novice cooks, student apprentices, and seasoned veterans of the professional kitchen. Pastry & Dessert Techniques includes access to digital resources that reinforce and enhance learning. Educators may access instructor resources at

The large, step-by-step photos in Pastry & Dessert Techniques showcase the execution of 35 techniques that are used to create 65 elegant pastry and dessert recipes, many with variations and subcomponents, which can be used to create a multitude of sweet and savory pastries as well as desserts.

Chef Pliska is an American Culinary Federation (ACF) certified chef and a member of the prestigious American Academy of Chefs (AAC), the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), the Chefs Collaborative, and Slow Food. His 35 years of professional cooking experience span from Washington, DC to Dusseldorf, Germany and from New Orleans to Missouri. Daniel Pliska is a supervising chef for the Johnson County ACF Chef Apprenticeship Program, is on several school advisory boards, frequently judges culinary events, and hosts many special events where culinarians can share their knowledge and skills.