My SIL is a pastry chef in the Cincinnati area. She has been making kick-ass desserts for awhile now, and in general, pastry chefs are the most shafted employees of the kitchen in terms of their pay versus hours of work plus their artistry.
In short, my SIL kicks major ass.
For example, you’ve seen this: http://i427.photobucket.com/albums/pp360/sgenetti77/BengalsCake.jpg
But what about this: http://www.palacecincinnati.com/menus_dessert.aspx
This especially: http://www.palacecincinnati.com/culinaryteam_pastry.aspx
I am an idiot.