By: Armando Eric Padilla
In October, San Marcos pastry chef and chocolate artist, Christophe Rull, starred in Food Network’s seventh season of “Halloween Wars”.
The episode was entitled “The Hitchhiker’s Worst Nightmare” where he showcased his stunning sugar artistry as part of Team Ghoul’d. The team included the amazing cake artistry of Liz Merek and accomplished pumpkin carver Mike Brown. In Christophe’s eyes, the experience of competing on the show was far from a nightmare. It was after all, his American dream come true.
Christophe and his girlfriend Wilma Rosete live here in San Elijo Hills. He currently works as an Executive Pastry Chef at the Park Hyatt Resort Aviara in Carlsbad California.
Hailing from the historical Marseille, France, Christophe was born in 1984. He studied culinary arts for five years at the renowned E.N.S.P. pastry school in Yssingeaux, France. After completing his studies, Christophe worked as a culinary artist throughout France before moving to America in 2009. He began a productive career in Las Vegas where he lived for six years.
In 2009, Christophe took part in the opening of Aria as an Assistant Pastry Chef. The MGM Grand promoted him as an Assistant Executive Pastry Chef three years later. Customers of the MGM Grand enjoyed Christophe’s pastries until he moved from Las Vegas in 2016 to San Marcos.
Christophe loves being near the ocean and enjoys his current position because it allows him more time to focus on perfecting quality pastries. As a person, he is passionate about quality and perfectionism.
Christophe poetically described his ultimate instrument as a whisk. If a whisk was a musical instrument, then artistic-chocolate showpieces would be his music. A winner of several culinary contests, Christophe comes across as passionate rather than competitive. The pursuit of his passion landed him a spot on the Food Network’s Halloween Wars television show. Christophe remains stunned and humbled about participating in the program.
Christophe named Guillaume Mabilleau as one of his biggest inspirations. Perhaps it is why he urges aspiring pastry arts chefs to pursue their dreams, focus on quality and be persistent. He also advises to take on all jobs no matter how hard they seem explaining that time will work itself out. Who knows, Christophe’s advice might lead you into the next Halloween Wars.
Congratulations Christophe! And, for those of you who missed Halloween Wars, head over to Park Hyatt Aviara to enjoy some of his talent for yourself!