Before Chef Toni Lynn Dickinson returned to her alma matter—the International Culinary Center—as Pastry Chef Instructor in 1997, she was working in some of NYC’s most exclusive kitchens like The River Café and Le Cirque. Her experience as Private Chef for the Italian Consulate in New York, and owning her own catering company—Amye J’s, had her creating and executing menus for clients from around the world. But, what many don’t know is that Chef Toni was dazzling audiences long before her career as a Pastry Chef. A graduate of Smith College with a BA in Theater-Dance and Afro-American Studies, she performed on international stages as a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater of New York. Chef Toni is no stranger to the world of show business—after all, there is a certain art to wowing clients with delicious dinners and beautiful desserts night after night.
Chef Toni’s partner for the competition, Diane Fehder, was previously Chef Toni’s student in ICC’s Professional Pastry Arts program. She now owns Diane Michelle Cakes, a successful cake company in Southern New Jersey that specializes in creating edible art out of sugar! Previously, Diane competed in Sugar Dome as well and took home first place. Chef Toni and Diane were truly the perfect pair for this competition!
Want to see Chef Toni return to the spotlight? Check out the newest season of Sugar Rush Christmas streaming now on Netflix! Chef Toni and Diane went head to head against three other teams in different Christmas themed challenges and competed for $10,000 and the ultimate holiday bragging rights! We won’t give any spoilers away, but we will say, you won’t want to miss her episode. After you binge watch all of the new Sugar Rush Christmas episodes, be sure to attend Chef Toni’s Mastering The Art of Gingerbread Houses demonstration on Thursday, December 12th! She’ll be giving away her tips and tricks to creating the perfect holiday masterpiece.