5-Star Ambassadors Program


Redefining the Art of World-Class Pastries and Desserts

The PreGel Professional Training Center – Charlotte is pleased to present the PreGel 5-Star Pastry Series®, a series of exclusive seminars featuring the most current world-class pastry chefs dedicated to providing a superior level of instruction on pastry and dessert applications. Each seminar in the series is open to an exclusive class of 16 and is held at PreGel’s state-of-the-art training facility in Charlotte, NC. Attendees are culinary professionals who have established themselves, and are looking to sharpen and increase their skills in the specific areas outlined by each PreGel 5-Star Pastry Chef®. PreGel’s 5-Star Pastry Chefs® will each offer a custom 3-day seminar and curriculum that falls within the general categories of: • Chocolate • Pastries & Desserts • Frozen Desserts • Pastry Decoration • Dessert Showpieces (Sugar & Chocolate) PreGel AMERICA’s 5-Star Pastry Series® is a series of educational seminars designed to create dynamic pastry experiences that know no bounds. The culinary genius of our PreGel 5-Star Chefs® combined with PreGel’s cutting-edge facility and unparalleled ingredients sets the stage for a compelling learning experience that translates to a competitive advantage for all who attend. The program allows PreGel 5-Star Pastry Chefs® to continue to impact the industry in a highly professional setting and challenge industry professionals to the utmost levels of their crafts.

ACF Certification

Charlotte Professional Training Centers’ is approved by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) for Continuing Education Hours (CEHs). Classes indicated with CEHs meet the ACF continuing education standards. Attendance at these classes will earn ACF continuing education hours (CEHs) towards ACF initial and renewal certification. Continuing education hours for the following classes at our Charlotte, NC location: PreGel 5-Star Pastry Chef (24 CEHs)

 PreGel 5-Star Pastry Series® Background

PreGel AMERICA and the Launch of the PreGel 5-Star Pastry Series®

The PreGel 5-Star Pastry Series® was developed in 2009 by PreGel AMERICA. PreGel AMERICA is the U.S. division of PreGel, a global specialty dessert ingredient company headquartered in Reggio Emilia, Italy, founded in 1967 by Luciano Rabboni. PreGel stands globally as the largest manufacturer and distributor of ingredients for gelato, sorbetto, frozen yogurt, semifreddo, pastries and more, and has a presence on every continent.The series is hosted at PreGel’s state-of-the-art facility in Charlotte, NC, and classes are held year-round. The PreGel 5-Star Pastry Series® was created to offer up and coming pastry professionals the opportunity to hone their skills by learning from top pastry chefs in the industry. While offering a seminar where continuing education and hands-on training is the focus is not new to the industry, what is unique about this program is the intimate setting it offers with the world’s most current chefs. Other programs offer great opportunities to learn, but securing high-level pastry chefs is what sets this program apart. “When we decided to launch this series, it was important to me to make sure that the chefs we brought in were world-class and at championship level, with years of experience,” says Marco Casol, president and CEO, PreGel AMERICA. “Experience is important as it shows our attendees the need to evolve as this industry is always changing. We are pleased to be able to present culinary professionals nation-wide the opportunity to join us at our facility to learn the latest innovations and techniques in the world of pastry and desserts.”