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
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 Pastries.
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 birders.