Chocolate and spice and everything nice

By  |  0 Comments

Chocolate and spice and everything nice

How Chef Megan Romano is tapping into the sweet tooth of Las Vegas

By Sandra Mallut

Chef Megan Romano_HiRes

Photos: Chocolate & Spice Bakery

Pastry Chef and Chocolatier Megan Romano is one of my new favorite chefs in Las Vegas. I plan on gaining tons of weight from visiting her wonderful shop that’s appropriately called Chocolate & Spice.   The first item I tried was her fabulous croissant which had the most amazing texture, crunch and sweetness. Upon my second visit, I sampled the BLT croissant sandwich and it was beyond awesome.  I ordered a cupcake and lemon tart for dessert and they were so good, I had to resist the urge to eat both at the same time!

Food Photography

Chef Romano has followed a long road to becoming one of the top chefs in her industry while spreading a little bit of sugar-coated sweetness around Las Vegas.

 

The honors and accomplishments of Chef Megan Romano

Best Dessert Award, Chambord 2006 – Chambord Poached Pear Clafoutis with Blackberry Chambord Sorbet

Golden Scoop Award, Pastry Scoop 2007

Michelen One Star, 2007 to 2012 (Aureole Restaurant, Mandalay Bay)

It’s A Sweet Life, Self-Published Pastry Cook Book, 2010

 

After graduating from Northwestern University near Chicago, Romano took a risk and sought a position – any position – in the kitchen of the late Chef Charlie Trotter, a world-renowned culinary master in the Windy City. She spent this time absorbing the skills of a cook, developing a real appreciation for unique product cultivated from all over the world, inventive presentation and the chef’s inspirational drive in communicating his love of food.  At first glimpse, Romano loved what she saw and was hooked.

She returned to New York and aspired to work for another American icon of the kitchen, Chef Charlie Palmer of Aureole.  She appreciated Palmer’s common sense approach.

“The food was bold, robust, presented at its best without much fuss,” she recalls.

Romano made her mark quickly in the fast-paced kitchen.

“Megan is unbelievably creative, that’s evident in her work, of course, but she’s also very solid,” remembers Palmer. “Her passion, her talent and her work ethic… you can rely on her to bring these qualities to work every day and to set an example for others”.

After successfully making her way through every station in the kitchen, Romano took advantage of working for yet another mentor in New York, Chef Grey Kunz of Lespinasse at the St. Regis. Kunz’s Swiss-Asian fusion style of cuisine is notable for having meticulous layers of pristine ingredients assembled into a perfectly seamless composition.  Romano worked as an entremetier, saucier, poissonier and patissier for Kunz – the latest of several world-acclaimed chefs deliberately selected to bring a new and different level of understanding to her own work.

Signature Blueberry Scone 2

Today, Executive Pastry Chef Megan Romano focuses on seeking the best products for clean, crisp flavors while offering customers new taste profiles and whimsical presentations – all with the underlying theme that food is fun.  She has achieved her dream of opening a neighborhood bakery café known for both savory and sweet seasonal items created daily. A signature line of artisan chocolates has become a big hit at the bakery while a self-published pastry cookbook, It’s a Sweet Life, shares her exciting recipes among a growing collection of foodies and fans.

5

 

Specialties Available at the Bakery:

Apple Cranberry Pie

Stone Fruit Tart

Holiday Gift Boxes

Mocha Brownie with Ice Cream

Artisan Chocolate Bon Bons

Crème Brulee French Toast – on the Breakfast Menu

Egg White Frittata – on the Breakfast Menu

Egg and Turkey Muffin – on the Breakfast Menu

Croissant BLT Sandwich – And so much MORE!

Stop by Chocolate & Spice http://chocolatenspice.com/

Chef Megan Romano http://www.chefmeganromano.com

Contact Information

(702) 527-7772

(855) 243-BAKE

(702) 485-1391

megan@chocolatenspice.com

7293 W Sahara Ave Las Vegas, NV 89117

Hours of Operation

Monday: 7am-6pm

Tuesday: 7am-6pm

Wednesday: 7am-6pm

Thursday: 7am-6pm

Friday: 7am-6pm

Saturday: 7am-6pm

Sunday: Closed

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply