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Camille Cogswell

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Baking and Pastry Arts
Pastry Chef, Zahav
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How has receiving the James Beard Award changed her life? Camille will tell you, 鈥淒ay-to-day life feels almost the same, just a little more exciting. My team and I have more motivation, more confidence, and an affirmation that what we are doing has been noticed in such a positive way.鈥 While still feeling her way as a pastry chef, Camille believes the award is meant to acknowledge her potential, inspiring her to grow and innovate.

In December 2019, Camille was named to the 贵辞谤产别蝉鈥 30 Under 30 list in the Food & Drink category, and in May 2020, she was named one of Food & Wine magazine鈥檚 Best New Chefs

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