Modern French pastry is a spellbinding art form — combining eye-popping colors with surprising textures, shapes and flavors.

Modern French pastry is a spellbinding art form — combining eye-popping colors with surprising textures, shapes and flavors.

Courtesy of Cheryl Wakerhauser

Award-winning American pastry chef Cheryl Wakerhauser takes the art of French pâtisserie to breathtaking new heights. Wakerhauser joins our panel to explain the artistic phenomenon that is Modern French Pastry and share some sweet secrets from the pros.

Next: Is the macaron the new latte? This colorful little cookie is now an official lifestyle trend, and even some McDonald’s locations sell it.

For our third course, we talk sweets culture. Our panel of insiders weighs in on which desserts need to die and what to look for in the coming year.

Meet our panelists: Cheryl Wakerhauser is the author of “Modern French Pastry: Innovative Techniques, Tools and Design” and owner of Pix Patisserie and Bar Vivant in Portland. Kyra Bussanich, a four-time winner of “Cupcake Wars” on the Food Network, is the author of “Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle” and owner of Kyra’s Bake Shop in Lake Oswego. And Danielle Centoni is a recipe developer and James Beard award-winning journalist whose cookbooks include “The Sugar Cube: 50 Deliciously Twisted Treats from the Sweetest Little Food Cart on the Planet” and “Portland Cooks: Recipes from the City’s Best Restaurants and Bars.” Our host is Katherine Cole.

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