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Dessert First, presented by Publix Super Markets Charities

Thanks for a great Dessert First!

Chefs Cynthia & Thomas Bassano represented Bassano Cheesecake and created Il Fiato Fresco inspired by the flavors of Thin Mints. This dessert won the People's Choice Award!

Chef Traci Bryant from Caracara Tapas created Phyllis Nefler's Dream Come True using flavors found in Samoas.

Chefs Taro Larrea & Melissa Gonzalez of Eddie V’s crafted a Coconut Mango Mousse inspired by Samoas.

Florida Dairy Farmers Ambassador, Chef Chris Valdes, used Adventurefuls to inspire his  S’mores Mousse.

For pictures and videos from this year's event, please see our Facebook page





Miami born and raised Latino chef, and Florida Dairy Farmers Ambassador, Chris Valdes, has embraced many cultures through his cooking by fusing Caribbean flavors with modern influences to create iconic dishes.  His relentless drive to share his passion for cooking and bringing people together led Chef Chris to create his own platform on YouTube and star in his very own series, Cooking with Chris. Chef Chris has been featured on the cover of several magazines, various national TV shows such as Hallmark’s Home and Family and LIVE with Kelly and Ryan, and was a finalist on Food Network Star and Star Salvation.

Chef Chris blends his passion for food with his love for the local community, and has worked with many organizations such as Florida Dairy Farmers, No Kid Hungry, and the March of Dimes. The Chef donated over 40k meals to his community including first responders, seniors and families in need during the Covid-19 pandemic. He was also chosen to participate as a featured chef in many of the local and national food festivals including Carnival Miami’s Cork and Fork, the New York Food & Wine Festival, and in several of the South Beach Food & Wine Festival VIP events.

For questions about this event, please contact Denise Pare.

For questions about becoming a sponsor, please contact Clara Moll.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Publix Super Market Charities

Samoa Sponsor

  • Marion R. Rich

Tagalong Sponsor

  • Zahn
  • Zahn

Do-Si-Do Sponsor

  • Zahn