02/08/2012 04:36 pm ET | Updated Apr 09, 2012

Best Pastry Chefs 2012

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Each month, Tasting Table's Monthly Editions explores a single topic from a variety of delicious angles. Our February issue, Sugar, examines the ways that sweetness adds nuance to our eating and drinking, from cocktails to short ribs to, of course, dessert. And to kick things off, we've taken inspiration from pastry chefs, those beloved meal-ending masters. Click through the photo-essay below for our picks for Best Pastry Chefs 2012, along with their most delicious recipes.