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Ann Amernick, a five-time nominee for the James Beard Pastry Chef of the Year Award, was named one of the country's top 10 pastry chefs by both "Chocolatier" and "Pastry" and "Art Design." An assistant pastry chef at the White House under two presidents, she is currently executive pastry chef and co-owner of Palena in Washington, D.C., named one of the nation's best restaurants by "Gourmet" magazine. Her latest cookbook is "The Art of the Dessert" (Wiley, 2007). She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.