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Hellertown Pastry Chef Wins National TV Competition

Alan Pitotti, who owns Dolce Patisserie in Hellertown, was the grand prize winner on the Jan. 17 episode of the hit reality TV series "Sweet Genius" on the Food Network.

A Hellertown pastry chef and business owner is $10,000 richer (and a lot more famous) thanks to his victory on the Food Network reality TV show "Sweet Genius" last night.

, defeated three other contestants to win the grand prize and garner some prized national publicity for the borough.

Pitotti is the owner of Dolce Patisserie, a boutique pastry shop that specializes in high-end confections and desserts.

Dolce Patisserie is located in the Shoppes at Hellertown on Main Street.

Pitotti is a Pen Argyl native who was educated at the Culinary Institute of America and worked at several high profile restaurants and hotels before opening his own business in the Saucon Valley.

Barbara Scherer January 18, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Wonderful news Mr. Pilotti! Congratulations to you for your accomplishment. I've never been in your store but I'll be sure to be there in the future............Keep up the good work. The Saucon Valley area is proud to have you!
Priscilla deLeon January 18, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Congratulations to my cousin Alan!! Great job!
Nancy Benson January 18, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Congrats Alan! We watched you kill it last night and had no doubt you would win. You made this "small town" and I'm sure your mother and fiancée proud!
Geri Morykan January 18, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Congrats Alan. Taped the show last nite and just watched this morning. I no longer live in Hellertown but it is still "home" and you made us proud!!!!
Klassic Gold January 18, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Congratulations Alan! A win well-deserved!
Linda Dull January 18, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Congratulations, Alan! Watched "Sweet Genius" last night, the pressure was on, but you came out the winner! So happy for you.
JANET REILLY January 18, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Congratulations, I knew you could do it. You and your wife must be so proud. Heather and I are very proud to know you. You put Hellertown on the map.You are the best.
Vicki Newhard January 18, 2013 at 06:11 PM
My kids and I were so excited to hear Hellertown, PA announced on one of our favorite shows since we live in nearby Allentown. After Chef Alan won, my daughter asked if we can visit his shop sometime and tell him we saw him on Sweet Genius. That is definitely a must-do!!!
Arthur Joel Katz January 18, 2013 at 09:51 PM
As an early appreciator of Dolce Patisseria, I am very happy for you and proud that my initial judgement as well as my taste buds were confirmed. This is absolutely wonderful, Alan. Joel Katz
Kirk Kozero January 18, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Alan...a star is born! Now the world knows that you truly are a creative genius...and a genuinely great guy. What's next? Competing in La Coupe du Monde de Patisserie in France? Kirk Kozero
Al Bernotas January 19, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Fantastic Job! Recorded it last night and watched it today. My family is happy for you and your family. Much future success...
Barbara Cunningham January 19, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Congrsts! We watched the show snd taped it! We are so proud of you! GOD BLESS AND GOOD LUCK IN THE FUTURE! YOU ARE TRULY BLESSED AND A SWEET GENIUS! Another talented person from the Lehigh Valley! Barbara from Bethlhem!!!
Mary Anne Looby January 19, 2013 at 01:35 AM
How lovely for you! So rewarding to know that your talent is appreciated by some of the very best! Kudos to you.
Steve January 19, 2013 at 01:54 AM
My family and friends loved the cake you made for my 60th two months ago. Thanks you and congratulations !
Dianne Borovies January 19, 2013 at 05:25 AM
Your skill and talent are now showcased to the world. We'll be stopping in to congratulate you in person, and hopefully you'll have your delicious white chocolate bark with almonds and cranberries on the shelf. It is heavenly! John and Dianne Borovies
Linda Martin January 21, 2013 at 12:09 AM
Alan, I am so proud to have known you. You are such a credit to your family and friends. I have watched the episode three times already, and I still cry happy tears for you each time. This couldn't have happened to a mored deserving, talented, and humble person.

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