Chef Biography

Judy Yovin was born in Florida in 1962 and raised out East. Her passion for cooking began by helping her grandmother make raisin oatmeal for breakfast.  She graduated second in class at the Culinary Institute in 1982, where she met Chef Alan Zeman.  After graduation, she took decorating courses in New York, and learned the fine art of sugar pulling at Ewald Notter Zucker Decor Schule, in Zurich, Switzerland.   She then went on to study at the famed Fachschule Richemont in Lucerne, Switzerland where she focused on pastry arts and baking.  Later, Great Chef Alan Zeman talked her into joining him out West at the Tucson Country Club in Tucson, Arizona in 1982.

Great Chefs Television was producing their new Southwestern series for PBS called Great Chefs of the West and taped Chef Judy preparing Pumpkin-Chocolate Cheesecake with Marzipan Pumpkins at the Tucson Country Club.

In 1988, she became the executive pastry chef at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa Bay, Florida; then she studied international pastry art and design with Great Chef Albert Kumin in 1989 and 1990. Judy moved back to Arizona as executive pastry chef at the Hyatt Regency in Scottsdale from 1991-1996.

In 1993 however, she founded the Food and Health Communications Media company in Louisville, Colorado, and became the publisher and CEO.  The company grew, and in 1996 she became full time moving its headquarters to San Francisco and expanding

Besides expanding the company to over 800 educational products, she still finds time to write books, win awards, and teach at Johnson & Wales in Denver.


Pumpkin-Chocolate Cheesecake

Serving: 12 Print Pumpkin-Chocolate Cheesecake By Great Chefs November 10, 2015 This is one of the most-requested recipes ever from Great Chefs, with its chocolate swirls and tiny marzipan pumpkins circling the top. Bittersweet chocolate ganache is swirled into pumpkin-flavored cheesecake filling scented with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves and baked in a graham cracker crust. […]

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Address :164 Robles Way #290, Vallejo, CA 94591
Phone: 800-462-2352

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