"Flavor is at the center of creativity for celebrated pastry chef Patrick Coston. Unique at the top of his field in that he is American born and entirely self-taught, he has built a successful career from the ground up with his passion for learning and a continual search for new challenges. While at Ilo, a three star Midtown Manhattan restaurant, he was honored as one of the Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America in both 2002 and 2003 by Pastry Art & Design Magazine. His hand-made chocolates have been called "a box o' bliss" by Gourmet Magazine, and in 2002, USA Today recognized Patrick as a Top Ten Artisanal Chocolatier."
This is the kind of guy I'd want to emulate.