Category Archives: Pastry

5 Most Common Baking Mistakes, According to Pastry Legend Pierre Hermé

Calling Pierre Hermé a perfectionist is an understatement. To master the art of painstakingly precise French pastry, there is no other option. Hermé inherited four generations of Alsatian pâtisserie tradition, but that didn’t stop him from seeking formal training. At the age of 14, when most of us are entering high school, he set off for Paris to perfect his… Read more »

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Tokyo-based pastry chef named Asia’s best

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Tokyo-based patissier Fabrizio Fiorani, who was named Asia’s Best Pastry Chef at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony in Macau on March 26, has always loved tiramisu, the Italian confection of coffee-soaked sponge cake layered with sweetened mascarpone cheese and cocoa powder. It was the first dessert he learned to make, at the age of 14, while working at… Read more »

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The Future of Desserts

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Desserts have long since left the boundaries of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry and cake, pie, or ice cream. Modern desserts include such ingredients as florals, figs, vinegars, alcohol reductions, and even normally savory or pungent elements like tahini and lemongrass. Among the top food trends recently noted by research group Mintel are “less sweet” desserts featuring ingredients such as olive… Read more »

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The French Pastry School to support aspiring pastry artists and bakers with new scholarships

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A new charitable foundation from The French Pastry School of Robert Morris University Illinois has been established to provide scholarships to students in its full-time Pastry and Baking, Cake, and Bread programs. The French Pastry School Scholarship Foundation will help students with tuition as they pursue their passion for pastry, baking, and confectionary arts. Students learn a wide variety of… Read more »

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Albert Adria, from the pastry chef of el Bulli to the owner of el Barri

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Albert Adria, who started his career as the pastry chef in his brother’s Ferran Adria’s el Bulli, is today an accomplished chef who owns el Barri, a collection of six fascinating restaurants in Barcelona. In 2015 Albert was also named best pastry chef by the jury of the World’s 50 best restaurants.

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How the Top Pastry Chef in the World Is Modernizing the Form

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Cédric Grolet’s rise may seem meteoric, but the Paris pastry chef’s process is a slow, painstaking one 2015: Pasty Chef of the Year, Le Chef. 2016: Best Pastry Chef, Relais Desserts. Also 2016: Pastry Chef of the Year, Omnivore World Tour. By the time Parisian pâtissier Cédric Grolet, executive pastry chef of Le Meurice, and I meet, he’s been recognized as 2017’s… Read more »

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New Product Awards winners announced for Europain

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A committee of bakery and pastry professionals announced seven winners for the Europain new product awards. “Among them are products that will help you save time and water and work comfortably in the kitchen no matter your height or range of mobility,” said Elizabeth Meaney, spokesperson for Europain, in a press statement. And the winners are… Manufacturing • LINUM EUROPE– Flui, a… Read more »

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3D Printing Comes to the Baking Industry

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Three-dimensional printing for the pastry, cake decorating and baking industries has arrived. CSM Bakery Solutions and 3D Systems Corporation, the originator of 3D printing and solutions, have announced they have reached an agreement to collaborate in the development, sale and distribution of 3D printers, products and materials for the bakery and food industry. The global agreement allows the two industry… Read more »

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The Magic of Macarons

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From Paris to New York to Seattle, the French macaron continues to make its way into the hearts and minds of American consumers. This trend shows no sign of slowing down. FP Patisserie, for example, is the luxury high-end brand from acclaimed pastry chef François Payard, featuring cakes, pastries, tarts, chocolates and confections made from only the finest ingredients. The… Read more »

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Dominique Ansel Named World’s Best Pastry Chef

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2013 might have been the year of the Cronut, but 2017 is shaping up to be the year of its creator. Chef Dominique Ansel was awarded the title of World’s Best Pastry Chef 2017 today as part of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. In doing so, he becomes only the fourth pastry chef to receive the award, following in… Read more »

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