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At the 15th-anniversary party for Le Fou Frog, the French restaurant's pastry chef, Carter Holton, performed a spot-on imitation of Donald Trump, complete with comb-over. His sense of theater has served him well, both in the kitchen and on the TV screen. Holton won the Food Network Challenge for his Star Wars-themed cake last July, even though he had never watched any of the films in the classic series. The 24-year-old Culinary Institute of America alum is probably as well-known locally for his spontaneous bursts into song at Le Fou Frog as he is for his magnificent goat-cheese cheesecake, classic peach Melba and divine parfaits. This engaging young chef deserves his own reality show, but not if it takes him away from us. On the plate or near your table, he's still performing at Le Fou Frog. Catch him while you can.