Houston's own Chef Andrew "Drew" Rogers, pastry chef and owner of Drew's Pastry Place in Northwest Houston, will go head-to-head with the one and only "Cake Boss" reality TV star Buddy Valastro on the new TLC show, "Bakery Boss," set to air January 20, 2014 (date subject to change).  

The Boss's mission is to help smaller, family-owned bakeries like Drew's Pastry Place to improve their business and find even more success. But as his name suggests, Buddy the Boss doesn't cook up advice without turning up the heat with tough questions that challenge owners to improve.

As a result of the show, Chef Drew came away with a new signature dessert called the Cannoli Cupcake. His inspiration came from his childhood, growing up in Fair Lawn, New Jersey in an Italian family where the love of food and desserts were a big part of everyday life. Growing up learning to cook and making traditional Italian desserts helped Drew develop his skill and artistry at a young age. But it wasn't until 2003, at age 40, that Chef Drew closed his direct mail marketing business in pursuit of his life-long dream of becoming a professional pastry chef.

Since completion of culinary school at LeNotre Culinary Institute in Houston, he  worked as an assistant pastry chef for Master Chef Fritz Gitschner at the Houston Country Club for four years before opening his own shop, Drew's Pastry Place, in the Champions/Cy Fair area.  
Drew's Pastry Place offers New York bagels, a wide assortments of pastries and desserts including his signature Italian cream cake, Cannoli, cheesecake, Italian cookies, créme brulee and more.
 
To watch Chef Drew on "Bakery Boss", check out TLC and see for yourself all the newly created confections available at Drew's Pastry Place, thanks to the "Bakery Boss" intervention.