Caputo's Market and Deli has hired Lya Becnel as it's new pastry chef. Becnel, previously worked at Fresco Italian Cafe and Les Madeleines Bakery before traveling to Europe where she trained at Le Cordon Bleu in London and worked as a pastry chef in Michelin-starred restaurants.
At Caputo's, 314 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City, Becnel is making a variety of different desserts including chocolate cake, tiramisu, gelato and buttery French pastry called kouign amann (pronounced kween aman).
The crispy, caramelized kouign amann, according to this story in Food & Wine magazine, is the 2012 pastry of the year and has been showing up in bakeries all around the country. Becnel is making two version for Caputo's a classic version (pictured here) and one filled with chocolate. They cost $4.99 each.