“A pastry chef is one who derives great pleasure from serving others. Pastry chefs are in the business of making people happy with their sweet creations. Our creations are ephemeral. They cannot be displayed for posterity.” Chef Lauren V. Haas is the Gourmet Lead Chef for North America for the Barry-Callebaut Group. Well-versed in the foundations of classical pastry and emerging techniques and trends, her passion is educating pastry professionals in the art and science of pastry. As a USA Cacao Barry Ambassador for 10 years, Lauren has a long history with Barry-Callebaut. Previously, she served as an Associate Professor at Johnson & Wales University and honed her skills at some of the country’s most esteemed establishments, including the residence at the White House. Lauren’s creations have garnered broad recognition, and in 2016 Dessert Professional designated Lauren as one of the Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America, and in 2018 Bake Magazine named her one of the nation’s Top Educators. Lauren is passionate about sustainability and holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Food Systems.