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Stephen is a Pastry Chef Instructor at the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone, in Napa Valley, CA, where he has been on the staff since November 2000. Formerly the Executive Pastry Chef of The French Laundry in Yountville, CA, he won the 1998 James Beard Award for “Pastry Chef of the Year” and was named one of the “10 Best Pastry Chefs in America” in 1999 by Pastry Art & Design and Chocolatier magazines.
Chef Durfee has participated in multiple individual and team competitions and earned top honors in dessert tastings and chocolate centerpiece. He was awarded a bronze medal in the 2007 National Pastry Team Championships and a bronze medal for the 2010 World Chocolate Masters National Selection. In 2012, he was selected to join Pastry Team USA to compete in the prestigious Coupe de Monde de la Patisserie in Lyon, France.