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Domenico Camporeale was born and raised in the beautiful Puglia in the South of Italy but his childhood was not as carefree as one would expect. Get to know the story of this young talented pastry chef who is now in charge of the sweet delights at the Park Plaza Westminster.


Victor Griffiths, the UK Cacao Barry account manager, has  just returned from Paris with two groups of British chefs who joined him for the workshops with Martin Diaz, one of the most talented young pastry chefs in Europe and the right hand man of the great Philippe Bertrand at Cacao Barry’s French Chocolate Academy. Each of the groups spent two days in Paris. In the next few weeks, some of the participants will share with us, their story, but before that we asked Victor to tell us more about the Parisian workshops.


If you haven't been at El Celler de Can Roca to enjoy the creations of the pastry chef Jordi Roca, here is your chance to recreate one of his fantastic desserts yourself. We are happy to share Jordi's recipe with you.


There are different theories about the origins of Valentine’s day. One of them says that Valentine's Day was invented by Geoffrey Chaucer, the Canterbury Tales writer. The medieval English poet took quite a few liberties with history. He would drop his characters into real-life historical events leaving readers wondering if that's what really happened.

There is no actual record of Valentine's Day before Chaucer's poem in 1375, The Parlement of Foules. In the poem Chaucer links the tradition of courtly love to the St Valentine's feast day - a tradition that didn't exist before his poem. The poem refers to February 14th as the day of birds coming together to find a mate. “For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day / Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate,” he wrote, maybe inventing Valentine's Day as we now know it today.


This week we are sharing with you a recipe for a delicious yuzu caramel bonbon by the 2013 UK Chocolate Master Ruth Hinks. May it inspire your creations!


Helen Vass, the young talented Scottish pastry chef from Glasgow, known to us also as a part of the winning team of the Bake Off: Creme de la Creme, creates fantastic desserts. We already know this (we interviewed her last year here). The great news is that she is coming to London for a two day desserts pop-up which I am sure you don’t want to miss. It will take place on 14th and 15th February and we asked Helen to tell us more about it: