Sam Shaw, pastry chef for Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge, recently won “Best Dessert” at the 26th Annual Kinship Partners Taste of the Lakes event held at Grand View Lodge Resort Friday, Nov. 21. Shaw's layered “Tiramisu Eruption” wowed the Le Cordon Bleu judges and gained him top honors.

Shaw was born and raised in Minneapolis and began cooking at the  age of 13. He studied pastry under the Roux Brothers in France, and at the Culinary Institute of America. He has 29 years of experience in all areas of the kitchen and became head pastry chef at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Minneapolis when he was 19.

Before becoming the pastry chef at Ruttger's, he was the pastry chef at Lord Fletcher's Old Lake Lodge on Lake Minnetonka for 11 years. Sam has had the opportunity over the years to cook for famous people such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Julia Child and Michael Jordan.

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