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Professor Stephen L. Durfee

Professor Stephen L. Durfee
  • The Culinary Institute of America
  • Hamilton College
So many people are interested in learning how to bake, but they’re intimidated because they think that it is either too complicated or scientific. The truth is baking can be a lot of fun. It’s not that complicated and if you master just a few basic techniques, that’s really all you need to know to get started.
Stephen L. Durfee is a Pastry Instructor at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone, where he has been on staff for more than 10 years. He is a Certified Executive Pastry Chef and a Certified Hospitality Educator. Before then, he was the Executive Pastry Chef at The French Laundry in Yountville, California. While there, he won the 1998 James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef and in 1999, he was named one of the Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America by Pastry Art & Design and Chocolatier magazines. Chef Durfee's extensive career includes working as a pastry chef at Charles Nob Hill in San Francisco, California, and at the Wheatleigh in Lenox, Massachusetts; and as a pastry instructor at the New York Cooking School (where he earned his certificate in pastry/baking). He also apprenticed at restaurants in Paris and ChambÈry, France. Chef Durfee has also participated in and judged numerous cooking competitions and challenges. In 2007, he represented the CIA at the National Pastry Team Championships, where his team won a bronze medal. In 2010, he finished third in the World Chocolate Masters competition. In 2012, he won the position of chocolatier on the U.S. team that will compete in the Coupe du Monde de P‚tisserie in Lyon, France, in 2013.
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16 Courses and Sets

  1. The Everyday Gourmet: Baking Pastries and Desserts Sale

    The Everyday Gourmet: Baking Pastries and Desserts

    Stephen L. Durfee
    4.7 out of 5
    90% of reviewers would recommend this series
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    Save up to $77.00 Starting at $17.95 $24.95 $17.95$24.95
    Get a quick, easy, and comprehensive guide to the fundamentals of baking like a professional with The Everyday Gourmet: Baking Pastries and Desserts. These six lessons invite you to join Chef Stephen L. Durfee, an award-winning pastry chef and instructor from the famed Culinary Institute of America, as he demonstrates tried-and-true methods for baking everything from simple cookies and cakes to custards, cream...
  2. (Set) The Everyday Gourmet Courses  Set on sale

    (Set) The Everyday Gourmet Courses

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $353.95 Starting at $85.90 $115.90 $85.90$115.90
    Taught by top instructors from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and filmed at the school's Napa Valley campus, this three-course set is packed with nutrition science and professional tips, tricks, and secrets that will boost your confidence in the kitchen and take your dishes to the next level. In The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking, Chef Bill Briwa shows you all the foundational...
  3. (Set) The Everyday Gourmet: Essential Secrets of Spices in Cooking & The Everyday Gourmet: Baking Pastries and Desserts  Set on sale

    (Set) The Everyday Gourmet: Essential Secrets of Spices in Cooking & The Everyday Gourmet: Baking Pastries and Desserts

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $152.00 Starting at $37.90 $48.90 $37.90$48.90
    Impress your family and friends with your ability to make exciting meals and desserts in this Everyday Gourmet short course set by Culinary Institute of America chefs Bill Briwa and Stephen L. Durfee. First, let Chef Bill Briwa show you how a variety of spices from around the world can jazz up your meals and win the acclaim of your guests in Essential Secrets of Spices in Cooking. Then, join Chef Stephen L....
  4. (Set) The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking & The Everyday Gourmet: Baking Pastries and Desserts   Set on sale

    (Set) The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking & The Everyday Gourmet: Baking Pastries and Desserts

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $276.00 Starting at $69.90 $93.90 $69.90$93.90
    Taught by top instructors from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and filmed at the school's Napa Valley campus, this DVD set is packed with professional tips, tricks, and secrets that will boost your confidence in the kitchen and take your dishes to the next level. In The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking, Chef Bill Briwa shows you all the foundational culinary skills necessary to...
  5. (Set) Wine and Cooking Set on sale

    (Set) Wine and Cooking

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $787.75 Starting at $169.90 $236.90 $169.90$236.90
    Calling all epicures! Elevate your level of expertise with this food- and wine-lovers set featuring a trio of courses taught by instructors from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, and four courses with acclaimed Master of Wine Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan. First, Chefs Bill Briwa and Stephen L. Durfee, along with registered dietitian Connie Guttersen, teach you the foundational culinary skills necessary to...
  6. (Set) The Everyday Gourmet: Making Healthy Food Taste Great & The Everyday Gourmet: Baking Pastries and Desserts  Set on sale

    (Set) The Everyday Gourmet: Making Healthy Food Taste Great & The Everyday Gourmet: Baking Pastries and Desserts

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $158.00 Starting at $31.90 $44.90 $31.90$44.90
    From sensible but delicious weeknight dinners to indulgent holiday splurges, these courses from Culinary Institute of America faculty will help you rise to the occasion. First, in The Everyday Gourmet: Making Healthy Food Taste Great, you'll learn how to use healthful ingredients and seasonings, particularly of international cuisines, to enliven your diet and keep the pleasure in eating. Then, in The Everyday...
  7. (Set) The Everyday Gourmet: 5 Course Set Set on sale

    (Set) The Everyday Gourmet: 5 Course Set

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    Impress your family and friends with your ability to turn out delicious, eye-catching, and healthy meals with this quintet of courses in The Everyday Gourmet series by instructors at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. Chef Bill Briwa teaches you the foundational skills needed to cook everything from starters to desserts in Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking, and Pastry Chef Stephen L. Durfee...
  8. (Set)  Baking Pastries and Desserts & Everyday Guide to Wine Set on sale

    (Set) Baking Pastries and Desserts & Everyday Guide to Wine

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $279.00 Starting at $51.90 $75.90 $51.90$75.90
    Sometimes what you serve with dinner is just as important as what you serve for dinner. Learn how to pair the perfect wine and develop the most delectable desserts to complement any meal with this set of two courses. The Everyday Guide to Wine and The Everyday Gourmet: Baking Pastries and Desserts will help you plan the perfect meal, down to every detail. This set is perfect for anyone who wants to take dinner to...
  9. (Set)  Everyday Gourmet: Baking & Food: A Culinary History Set on sale

    (Set) Everyday Gourmet: Baking & Food: A Culinary History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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  10. (Set) Cooking & Wine  Set on sale

    (Set) Cooking & Wine

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    Whether you're already a connoisseur of food and wine or have always wanted to expand your knowledge of these areas, you'll find this five-course set informative, enriching, and entertaining. First, Chefs Bill Briwa and Stephen L. Durfee, top instructors from the famed Culinary Institute of America, teach you the foundational culinary skills necessary to turn out delicious and impressive meals and desserts in The...
  11. (Set)  Baking Pastries and Desserts & Nutrition Made Clear Set on sale

    (Set) Baking Pastries and Desserts & Nutrition Made Clear

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $363.00 Starting at $78.90 $111.90 $78.90$111.90
  12. (Set) The Everyday Gourmet: Making Great Meals in Less Time & The Everyday Gourmet: Baking Pastries and Desserts  Set on sale

    (Set) The Everyday Gourmet: Making Great Meals in Less Time & The Everyday Gourmet: Baking Pastries and Desserts

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $158.00 Starting at $31.90 $44.90 $31.90$44.90
    Learn the time-saving techniques professional chefs use to turn out delicious food quickly, and gain the know-how and skill to prepare elegant and delicious desserts in this Everyday Gourmet short course set by Culinary Institute of America chefs Bill Briwa and Stephen L. Durfee. In Making Great Meals in Less Time, you’ll learn professional tips on using your time most effectively in the kitchen to...
  13. (Set) Wine & Cooking  9123, 9231, 9254, 9162, 9171, 9176 Set on sale

    (Set) Wine & Cooking 9123, 9231, 9254, 9162, 9171, 9176

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $710.80 Starting at $152.90 $213.90 $152.90$213.90
    Enhance your appreciation for food and wine with this special six-course set taught by some of America's foremost experts. First, Chefs Bill Briwa and Stephen L. Durfee, top instructors from the famed Culinary Institute of America, teach you the foundational culinary skills necessary to turn out delicious and impressive meals and desserts in The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking and The...
  14. (Set) The Essential Everyday Gourmet Set on sale

    (Set) The Essential Everyday Gourmet

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $470.85 Starting at $92.90 $128.90 $92.90$128.90
    Looking to spice up your culinary skills? This five-set series of our most popular Everyday Gourmet courses provides everything you need to make great-tasting, healthy, fun meals, and still have time to enjoy what you prepare. From Outdoor Cooking to Pastries and Desserts, this set gives you tips, techniques, instructions, recipes, and more to grow your culinary repertoire and expand your gastronomic horizons.
  15. (Set) The Everyday Gourmet: 4 Course Set Set on sale

    (Set) The Everyday Gourmet: 4 Course Set

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $309.90 Starting at $69.90 $93.90 $69.90$93.90
    Gain confidence in the kitchen with this set of The Everyday Gourmet courses. Master the art of using spices to enhance your dishes, discover tips for making healthy food taste great, bake delicious pastries and desserts, and learn the techniques you need to make great meals in less time. Surprise your loved ones with your new incredible cooking learned from chef-instructors at The Culinary Institute of America.
  16. (Set) The Everyday Gourmet: All Courses Set on sale

    (Set) The Everyday Gourmet: All Courses

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $830.75 Starting at $185.90 $258.90 $185.90$258.90
    Explore the world of cooking with the complete set of Everyday Gourmet courses. With the help of chef-instructors from The Culinary Institute of America, master the skills you need to enhance your competence and confidence in the kitchen. Discover the basics of cooking and the secrets of spices, master grilling and healthy Mediterranean cooking, and more to develop the techniques you need to cook for any occasion.
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