The Chattanoogan Hotel Appoints New Pastry Chef

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Chattanoogan hotel has hired a new pastry chef, Alyssa Mast. She is creating delicacies each day, including muffins, bars, cookies, cakes, pies, puddings, tarts, cobblers and other desserts for Broad Street Grille, The Foundry, Stroud’s, in-room dining, and for groups and special events. Many of Chef Alyssa’s desserts are made with local, seasonal ingredients, and there are several gluten-free offerings. 

“We are very excited about Chef Alyssa joining the culinary team at The Chattanoogan,” says Adam Roe, executive chef of The Chattanoogan hotel.

  “She is extremely innovative and passionate about her work, and we look forward to her amazing creations being an integral part of our restaurants and catering menus for many years.” 

Chef Alyssa has just introduced a new dessert menu for the hotel.  Selections include Key Lime Cheesecake Cake with Margarita Simple Syrup and Graham Cracker Crunch Coating; Strawberry Panna Cotta with Fresh Strawberry Compote; Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich with Chocolate Cookie, Peanut Butter Ice Cream and Chocolate Fudge; Coconut and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake with Rum Soaked Cherries and Caramel; and Flourless Chocolate Mousse Cake topped with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Espresso Ice Cream. 

Before being named pastry chef at The Chattanoogan, Chef Alyssa was the pastry chef at Enzo’s Market, a full-service artisan grocery and café located in downtown Chattanooga. She was responsible for preparing the handcrafted pastries and other desserts using natural, local and regional ingredients.

Chef Alyssa previously worked in the banquets department of The Chattanoogan, and she was a decorator at Chattanooga Cupcakes.  While attending culinary school in Charlotte, NC, she worked at Best Impressions Caterers and at The Point, which is now Trump National Golf Club. 

Chef Alyssa graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management.  She enjoys hiking, traveling, eating out and spending quality time with her longtime boyfriend and new puppy. 





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