Inn and Spa at Loretto’s Pastry Chef is Food Network’s Sugar Dome Competition Winner

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The award-winning executive pastry chef from the Inn and Spa at Loretto, Chef Andrea Clover, and her team win $15,000 prize in Food Network’s Sugar Dome competition.

The Inn and Spa at Loretto, managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, announces its Executive Pastry Chef Andrea Clover won the January 26, 2013 premiere episode of the Food Network’s show, Sugar Dome.

Sugar Dome is a battle royale in food competition, pairing artists from different disciplines into unconventional teams challenged with creating dazzling masterpieces of food art. Three teams of three battle it out in a themed challenge vying for the championship title and the show’s grand prize of $15,000. Clover’s team included Casey War, a welder, and Gonzuela Bastarache, a cake artist. Clover’s winning dessert was a red chile crème with an orange tequila raspberry couli and red chile cashew brittle; their display, a circus scene made out of sugary sweetness, included an actual ring of fire.

“The most difficult thing about the Sugar Dome process was the fact that this is a new show altogether, so the production company and the competitors were on the same learning curve the whole time,” said Clover. “It was a learning process in all areas, and extremely challenging. I’m very proud to have won.”

The Inn and Spa at Loretto invited locals and visitors to the Living Room, their bar area, this past Saturday morning to watch the Sugar Dome competition live and enjoy some of the winning chef’s delicious pastries.

Trained at Le Cordon Bleu, Clover joined The Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico as Executive Pastry Chef in the spring of 2009. Her award-winning career includes two first-place wins in the annual Chocolate Fantasy Chocolatier Competition for her chocolate sculptures. Solitary winner of the Annual Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner benefit for her: chocolate dipped elder flower panna cotta, red chile raspberry compote, blueberry foam sugar. First place in the 2007 Girl Scout Cookie Caper for her Girl Scout cookie flower creations of chocolate and sugar. The General Manager of the World Pastry Competition introduced Clover to the producers of Food Network’s Sugar Dome in Las Vegas saying “she is your next big star,” who suggested she audition for their new show Sugar Dome and then asked to participate in the show.

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About the Inn and Spa at Loretto The Inn and Spa at Loretto, an award winning, AAA Four Diamond hotel, is ideally located in the heart of Santa Fe, steps from the Canyon Road galleries and just one block from historic Santa Fe Plaza’s galleries, museums, and boutiques. Eloquently blending old-world charm with world-class splendor, the exquisite Inn and Spa at Loretto reflects the culture and sophistication of its historic Santa Fe location. The hotel features 134 guestrooms, a full-service spa, casual modern dining, three art galleries and a tranquil garden. Enjoy Luminaria Restaurant and Patio for three meals daily, The Living Room for happy hour, late night dining and live music and the Spa at Loretto for holistic and complete indulgence experience.

About Destination Hotels & Resorts Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held hospitality management company headquartered in Colorado. With more than 35 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and gold clubs, Destination is the third largest hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 9,100 guest rooms, 16 golf courses and 16 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Seattle, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Palos Verdes, Maui and Lake Tahoe. The company is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management from Lowe Enterprises.

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