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Colleen Rein, honorary chair, Francois Payard who was honored and Pamela Morgan

Colleen Rein, honorary chair, Francois Payard who was honored and
Pamela Morgan, special event planner.  Photo by:  Rob Rich



Chef Francois Payard of Payard Restaurant
Wins 9th Annual Pride of New York Award



On Saturday night, November 8, Chef Francois Payard was presented with the 9th Annual Pride of New York (PONY) Award at a benefit for the Maryhaven Center of Hope, one of Long Island’s largest programs for the developmentally disabled.


Each year this award is given to a master chef who represents the best that New York City has to offer. Previous recipients include Mario Batali, Jacques Pépin, Lidia Bastianich, Cesare Casella and Bobby Flay.


The award was presented at Chef Payard’s acclaimed restaurant on upper east side of Manhattan. At the sold-out, $500-a-plate invitation-only award celebration, organized by celebrity party planner Pamela Morgan, guests were feted with Payard’s signature dishes.  Colleen and Gary Rein were the Honorary Chairpersons.

In attendance were Jill and Bobby Zarin, Deborah and Gregg Wasser, Sydelle and Henry Ostberg, Elaine Sargeant, Candice and Steven Stark and many more. 


François Payard is a third generation French Pastry Chef born in Nice.  François cultivated his passion for the art of Pastry as a child in his grandfather's acclaimed shop, Au Nid des Friandises on the Riviera.  He grew up surrounded by the delicious classic French pastry in the tradition carried on by his parents and grandparents for over fifty years. François' desire to travel and discover a new culture brought him to New York in 1990.  His first position in New York as Pastry Chef at Le Bernardin (****NY Times) and moved on in 1993 to join Chef Daniel Boulud for the opening of Restaurant Daniel (****NY Times).


Francois Payard’s awards include:

·        In 1995 The James Beard Association named François "Pastry Chef of the Year" in recognition of his accent on flavor combined with a unique sense of pastry design.

·        . In 1998 he was acknowledged for this by being awarded "Pastry Chef of the Year" by the Bon Appétit Food & Entertainment Awards and again in 2001 by the International Pastry Competition Committee-Beaver Creek.

·        . In July of 2004 François was honored with the prestigious Ordre du Mérite Agricole, Medal of Honor by the French Government. 

·        And most recently, he received Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence 2005 for having one of the most outstanding wine lists in the world as well as being selected by Relais Desserts 2006-2007 as one of 85 of the Best Pastry Chefs in the World. 


In August of 1997 François' childhood dream of opening his
own Pâtisserie and Bistro became a reality.  Since Payard's conception, François has continued to strive to innovate,

perfect, educate and contribute his ideas and passion to the field of pastry. François is also the author of the popular cookbooks Simply Sensational Desserts", "Bite Size: Elegant Recipes for Entertaining" and most recently, “Chocolate Epiphany, Exceptional Cookies, Cakes, and Confections for Everyone”. 


All proceeds of the Pride of New York party were donated to the Maryhaven Center of Hope, a local charity that helps developmentally disabled children of every race, religion and creed from the New York area. Congratulations to Chef Payard and Maryhaven!


 For more information, please contact Pamela Morgan,


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