Elena Clement is currently the Executive Pastry Chef of The Guiding Knife, a small, woman-owned business that provides baking, pastry and culinary training to clients at their location. She was most recently the Executive Pastry Chef at Chevy Chase (Md.) Club.
Elena earned an AOS from the Florida Culinary Institute in 1992 and began her career at the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company in Florida where she spent six years. Elena was part of the opening team for the Ritz Carlton, Palm Beach before moving to the Naples property. It was there that she worked with Norman Love, Corporate Pastry Chef for the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company, and was able to refine her mastery of pastry arts. She went on to become the assistant pastry chef for Sweet Jane’s, an upscale, wholesale bakery in Durham, North Carolina.
Prior to joining Johnson & Wales University, Elena was the Executive Pastry Chef and owner of Perfect Pastries LLCTM, a high-end, wholesale pastry company in Denver, Colorado. She was a full-time Associate Instructor and the Department Chair for the International Baking and Pastry Institute at Johnson & Wales University in Denver.
Elena is a Certified Executive Pastry Chef (CEPC®), and a Fellow of the American Academy of Chefs (AAC®). She is also a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, Washington, DC chapter.