In 2012, Heather L. Hurlbert, award winning Pastry Chef, launched HHDesserts, her wholesale line of pastries ranging from couture wedding cakes, groom's cakes, chocolates, showpieces, and consultation. She was recently the Executive Pastry Chef at Cherokee Town and Country Club, ranked the #1 Platinum Country Club in the U.S. During Heather's pastry career, she won the 2011 Best Sugar Showpiece at Pastry Live, 2009 National Pastry Chef of the Year from the American Culinary Federation and in 2004 taking the gold medal at the IKA Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany. Chef Heather has appeared on the first season of Top Chef: Just Desserts on Bravo, Food Network's "Sugar Dome" and "Halloween Wars".
Graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Heather continued her studies at l'Ecole Lenotre in Paris, France, The French Pastry School, National Baking Center, the Notter School of Pastry Arts, and most recently, Aula Chocovic in Vic, Spain. After working in the Caribbean, Minneapolis, and Pittsburgh, Heather came to Atlanta to work for the Four Seasons, Piedmont Driving Club, and the Atlanta Athletic Club. In 1999, Heather came to Cherokee Town and Country Club to train and work under her mentor, Certified Master Pastry Chef, Chris Northmore for 5 years.
Heather's philosophy on food is keeping it clean, seasonal, and ingredient-driven. "Beautiful pastries can be comforting and delicious yet refined in technique and style". A passion for her craft has led Heather to be an active member in Atlanta's culinary scene. Heather is a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier, a Program Committee Advisor at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, and an Awards Selection Advisor for the American Culinary Federation.