Nasha Fondeur Rules at Puerto Rican Pastries

Alicia Kennedy

Nasha Fondeur’s reputation precedes her. If you talk to enough chefs in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she’s the executive pastry chef at 1919 Restaurant in the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, you’ll hear whispers about her skills: She’s the best on the island, they say, and creates everything from rum baba to relaxation-inducing bonbons.

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