Pastry Chef, Gastronomy Management Group
Tammy Alana, one of four children, was born in Torrance, Calif. and raised in Orange County. She discovered her calling to the kitchen while enrolled in culinary certification courses at the community college in Cypress California.
Alana apprenticed at a local bakery in Yorba Linda, Calif. in 1999, making breads, Danishes and wedding cakes when she decided to pursue her formal education at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone in Napa Valley, Calif. While attending the CIA, Alana was offered a pastry cook position at Domaine Chandon Winery and the lead baker position at Brix Restaurant in Yountville, Calif., which evolved into the assistant pastry position.
Upon graduating from the CIA, her interest in high volume, large hotels was at all time high. With no job prospects, Alana moved to Las Vegas to pursue work in the hotel industry. Shortly after arriving, she landed at Bellagio, where she worked banquets, then with the restaurant team and onto the wedding cake department.
When the new Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa opened, she worked in the pastry shop where she continued to hone her skills gaining knowledge and experience in a boutique hotel.
Shortly thereafter, Alana was introduced to the Maccioni family of Le Cirque and Circo who were looking for a pastry chef to open their new “Off-Strip” venture in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas, Trē. The Maccioni Family’s corporate chef would eventually introduce Alana to André Rochat who was looking for a unique talent to take over the pastry chef’s position at Alizé at the Top of the Palms Casino Resort.
Today, Alana oversees both award winning restaurants’ pastry departments at Alizé at the Top of The Palms and Andre’s at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino.
In 2005, Alizé was invited to the James Beard House where Alana prepared the intermittent, pastries and petit fours to rave reviews. Also in 2005, she was named as one of Las Vegas’ Rising Star Pastry Chefs by Star Chefs, in 2006; Alana was featured on the Food Network episode Sugar Rush. Alana has done many charity events such as Odyssey, Share our Strength, Epicurean, Jean Louis and Bon Apetit; she has also participated in the American Heart Assoc. in Washington D.C.
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