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Food Network fired up for desserts


Gary Pushkin, a Baltimore area physician and weekend cook, shows the world how to make dessert with a blowtorch on a segment of "Ultimate Kitchens" airing today at 12:30 p.m. on The Food Network.

Pushkin removes a cake from a mold with the blowtorch, then coats the cake with chocolate sprayed from a paint gun.

Pushkin says he learned many dessert-making techniques from the late Eric Goldschmidt, a well-known Baltimore cake-maker who operated shops on Park Heights Avenue and in the York Plaza shopping center. Pushkin, who was a customer of Goldschmidt's acquired some of the baker's equiptment when he died in 1996.

During the television segment, filmed in Pushkin's Guilford home, he pays tribute to the late Baltimore baker.

Molly Michelson, an associate producer of the show, said she was intrigued with Pushkin because it's not every day "you see an entire bakery in somebody's basement."

The show is scheduled to air in Baltimore again in Sept. 24 at 12:30 p.m.

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