Lilli Ellen

El Dorado native Chef Lilli Ellen will be teaching two afternoons of French bread and pastry techniques in her “Bon Baguette” class.

EL DORADO -- The South Arkansas Arts Center has announced a culinary opportunity for aspiring bakers in conjunction with its summer musical production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

El Dorado native Chef Lilli Ellen will be teaching two afternoons of French bread and pastry techniques in her “Bon Baguette” class.

The “hands on” classes will be held on June 29 and 30, from 1-4 p.m. each day in the professional kitchens at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

Chef Ellen will demonstrate a rustic baguette during the class on Saturday and a delicate French pastry dough, pate a choux, and pastry cream for eclairs during the Sunday afternoon class.

Participants will take home their fresh baked creations each day to family and friends.

“Le petit boulangerie d’amusement is French for ‘fun little bakery’ and that’s what we will be those two afternoons,” Chef Ellen said about the class. “I love bread making. It can be as hard or as simple as you want it to be.”

Chef Ellen attended the Culinary Institute of America, the country’s oldest and most prestigious culinary school, which she added, was a fun but challenging experience.

Her extensive culinary resume includes pre and post education experience as a cook, chef and baker. She has at least 4,000 baguettes to her credit.

After some traveling around and working in different kitchens to give her some experience, Chef Ellen now resides in El Dorado and is the upcoming chef director of the Culinary Arts Program at South Arkansas Community College, which will begin in August.

Tickets for the French bread and pastry classes are $55 for the two days of classes.

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