Chef Dawn M. DeStefano

Chef Instructor, Baking & Pastry Arts

Instructor Dawn M DeStefano
Location: Online Programs
Favorite Dish: Pasta e fagioli

"The world has food in common. We are all a part of each other."

Chef Dawn M. DeStefano


Certified Executive Pastry Chef® Dawn M. DeStefano, a veteran of both the Marine Corps and the Army Nursing Corps, has taught Baking and Pastry to international students at the Italian Culinary Institute in Staletti, Italy. Her time there influenced her decision to open a food truck serving casual Italian street food.

Dawn holds a Bachelor’s Degree with honors in Culinary Management and a Master’s Degree in Hospitality Management. She’s currently a doctorate student at Johnson & Wales University.

In addition to teaching and operating her food truck, she also worked as a Pastry Chef for a catering company for many years. She brings deep experience in management and personnel interaction.

Honors, Awards & Affiliations

  • ServSafe® Manager Certification
  • ServSafe® Proctor and Instructor
  • ACF Certified Executive Pastry Chef®

Professional EXPERIENCE

  • Pastry Chef - A Fresh Connection Catering
  • Baking and Pastry Instructor - Italian Culinary Institute, Staletti, Italy
  • Food Truck Owner/Operator - DeStefano's Catering

Dish Examples

Praline Mallowmars

This was just a fun day with student learning how to utilize the different methods.

praline mallomars

Cannoli Gelato

These were desserts made with the students at the Italian Culinary School in Southern Italy.

cannoli chocolate dipped gelato on red tablecloth

Wedding Cake

Three-layer from scratch fudge chocolate cake with handmade/painted grape cluster made for a client’s wedding.

layered white wedding cake couple decoration


  • Currently a Doctorate student at Johnson & Wales University
  • Master's Degree in Hospitality Management, Johnson & Wales University
  • Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Management, Johnson & Wales University
  • Associate of Science Degree in Baking and Pastry, The Art Institute of Tampa, FL
  • Associate Degree in Nursing, Howard College

Special Interests

Hobbies are baking and cake-related!

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