Chef DeMane is one of fewer than 200
individuals in the nation to be certified as an executive pastry chef.
The rank of certified executive
pastry chef is achieved with a minimum of seven years industry experience in
the role of executive pastry chef, as well as certified skills in chocolate,
sugar pulling and blowing, specialty cake decorating, and management.
Chef DeMane is also certified as a
culinary educator through the American Culinary
Federation. She has been teaching students at IUP for 25 years.
As the founder of the Baking and
Pastry Arts Program, Chef DeMane developed the curriculum for 150 days of study covering related subjects ranging from Artisan bread to
plated dessert trends. She now serves as the program coordinator for 30
students each year.
Chef DeMane’s industry experience
includes corporate positions as pastry chef for Sheraton Hotels Pacific/Far
East division, Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles, corporate executive pastry chef for
three vessels on Premier Cruise Lines for Disney cruises, and first American
and first woman to hold the position of pastry chef on Holland America Cruises.
She owned and operated her own
wholesale/retail bakery in Palm Springs, California, and has prepared desserts
for President Reagan, state governors, the USA Olympic committee, and 3,500
attendees of the Grammy Awards, among others.
Prior to arriving at IUP, Chef DeMane
was department chair and instructor at the Florida Culinary Institute, where she
developed the curriculum for their degree program in International Baking and
She was honored with IUP’S
prestigious Senate Award for teaching excellence and has presented to her
colleagues on curriculum development at national and university forums. Chef
DeMane graduated fifth in her class in the top 1 percent of 500
students at the Culinary Institute of America in 1977.
Chef DeMane has been featured in three
publications; A Woman’s Place Is in the Kitchen, an in-depth look at the role
of women in professional kitchens; In Mother’s Kitchen, an inspirational thank-you to all of the women who gave us our start in cooking; and About
Professional Baking, a textbook for the students learning their trade.
Active in competition in pastry art
and showpieces, Chef DeMane has earned 10 medals, including bronze, silver, and
gold, as well as best in show and most creative showpiece. She is constantly
seeking to increase her skills and knowledge and has completed more than 40
courses in pastry arts during her tenure at IUP.
Her life outside of the classroom is
filled with gardening and landscaping her 125-year-old home,
which was awarded garden of the month and was featured in the annual garden
club tour. She and her husband, Richard, share a love of all creatures great and
small, adopting a family of rescue cats and enjoying time together as avid