Chef Caryn Stabinsky was recently the Pastry Chef at River Market and Elm Restaurant in New Canaan, CT. Elm was awarded Esquire Magazine’s “Best New Restaurants in America in 2012.” Caryn brought her highly personal pastry and baking style to the seasonally inspired cuisine to Elm. Stabinsky’s career began in New York City at Oceana, where she worked under master pastry chef David Carmichael. From there, she moved on to wd-50, joining the team of experimental pastry chef Sam Mason. Stabinsky refined her technique and experimented with modern preparations and innovative flavors. Stabinsky received a Time Out New York Critics Choice Award as the opening pastry chef of Ureña before leaving to open Monkey Bar. Caryn was most recently nominated in April 2013 for a Food & Wine, people’s choice award.