Live Chef Demos


The New England Dessert Showcase Just Got Sweeter!

As an exciting annual feature of The New England Dessert Showcase, The Anthem Group presents Chef’s Table – Live! Get up close to the pros with live demonstrations from some of the top pastry chefs, chocolatiers and professionals in the country. Learn the secrets the professionals use to create simple yet astounding confectionery creations!

Check back to see who will be featured in 2017!

View the featured demonstrators from previous years:

2015 – 2014 – 2013 – 2012  – 2011 – 2010  – 2009


Here are the 2009 Demonstrators

Nicole Coady, Former Executive Pastry Chef of Finale

Nicole Coady is the executive pastry chef at Finale, the country's first upscale dessert restaurant. She helped launch the Harvard Business School developed concept in July of 1998 in Boston's Back Bay. Chef Coady's was featured earlier this year on the Food Network's new show, Sugar Rush, for her show-stopping creations. The unique desserterie concept has been showcased in TIME Magazine, Bon Appetit, Town & Country, Elle, Vogue and Newsweek.

Chef Coady is a fan of familiar flavors and feels that taste and flavor are the most important elements to a good dessert. She focuses on balancing the elements that make a dessert sensational: taste and appearance. Additionally, she likes to "wow" the guests with grand presentation.

Prior to joining Finale, Coady worked at the Ritz-Carlton at Buckhead. While at the flagship property, she studied under Corporate Executive Pastry Chef Norman Love and Pastry Chef David Robbins.

Chef Coady is a graduate of the prestigious Johnson & Wales University. There, she garnered a dual degree in Baking & Pastry Arts and Culinary Arts in 1993.

Meggen Beaulier, COO of Simply Divine Brownies

Meggen is a Maine native from the age of six when her family moved to Cumberland, Maine from New York. Meggen is the eldest of the five children in the Beaulier family. After graduating from Waynflete in Portland, Maine, Meggen moved to Boston and attended Simmons College and matriculated with a double major in Business and Philosophy. She earned her degree in business, with a specialization in retail management and business ethics. Following her graduation she worked as a concierge at the Mansion at Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas. She then moved to New York City and continued her work as concierge at the Waldorf Astoria. Meg joined Simply Divine Brownies in July of 2006.

Nina Hayes of Sugar Me Cookies

All Vegan ♥ All Love

Sugar Me Cookie Dough is passionate about divinely delicious gourmet vegan cookie dough. We specialize in home-style chocolate chip dough, selecting the highest quality ingredients, meticulously combining them, and leaving the fun part, the baking, for you. The most scrumptious available and unlike “traditional” varieties can be used raw as a decadent topper for non-dairy ice cream.

Nina Hayes is a vegan cook and educator with a Bachelors of Science in Health Science. Nina inspires others to develop awareness around their dietary choices by tapping into one’s inner chef and learning about food in a light-hearted manner. Combining her lifelong zeal for baking and her dedication to providing food options that are healthier for both the individual and the planet, Nina founded Sugar Me Cookie Dough™. Always a fan of collaboration, Nina recently teamed up with famed Wheeler’s Frozen Dessert Company to provide desserts backstage for artists Mos Def and Talib Kweli for their sold-out House of Blues performance. When not sifting, mixing, and whisking, Nina can be found practicing and teaching yoga throughout Boston.