“2018 will be a very busy year for me - there are so many projects I am involved in and I am sure it will be an exciting year full of creativity. I want to wish a great 2018 and all best for all the friends of Cacao Collective.
At the same time I am sharing with you the recipe of the dessert inspired by the new Rare chocolate Esmeralda from Cacao Barry. For this we have created a silicone mold in the form of stone.”
When interviewing Graham Hornigold, then the executive pastry chef of the Hakkasan Group, for the first time, we met for a lunch. He wanted me to get an insight into his way of thinking and his values before doing an interview. He gained a great respect from my side - as a professionist and as a human being. Recently Graham left the group for which he has built pastry teams all around the world and is starting a new chapter in his career, so it was the right moment for a new interview.
“The year 2017 has been for me a year of a great personal growth. I finished my London adventure, full of satisfactions, and on a personal level with my marriage. In February 2018 I am moving to Shanghai, still working for the same hotel group - at EDITION Shanghai, which is part of Marriott’s Ritz Carlton, again in collaboration with Jason Atherton. I couldn’t be happier.
For me the most important desserts of this year were our red velvet (created for the Shanghai EDITION hotel as the signature dessert), Alaska and chocolate panettone. I love panettone - it is like a Christmas tree for me.
To all of you I am wishing a happy 2018 and best of luck! I am happy to share with you my red velvet.”
In our last interview with Juan Pablo Colubri, talking about Christmas, Juan told us that one of the most beloved ingredients in the pastry in the United States is mint in combination with chocolate. Today he is sharing with us the recipe for his take on this classic flavour combination, quite popular also between the British people.
Hideko Kawa moved from Japan to London to learn and gain new experiences. Trained at Le Cordon Bleu she first gained her working experiences as a pastry chef at Gordon Ramsay’s Restaurant. After six years of work with Gordon, she has moved to Helene Darroze at The Connaught, followed by very valuable years of work as head pastry chef of Heston Blumenthal’s empire. She is talking to us about her Christmas and presenting her first pop-up where you can see and buy her fantastic sweet creations.
Countdown to Christmas started and so we are asking the chefs to share with us their Christmas recipes and thoughts. This week is sharing her version of the Buche du Noel Heather Kaniuk, the execurive pastry chef from Shangri-La at The Shard. Enjoy!
Christmas is just around the corner. Today we approached Davide Comaschi, one of the previous winners of World Chocolate Masters and the president of the Cacao Barry’s Chocolate Academy in Milano and asked him to share with us his Christmas.
London is already decorated for Christmas and the executive chef Jacopo Bruni from the London EDITION hotel is ready for Christmas too. He was so kind to share with us his Yule log from this year’s Christmas collection. Thank you Jacopo!
Jacopo Bruni, the Executive Pastry Chef from the London EDITION hotel has moved to London from Italy to find new challenges. After he conquers London, he will be moving to Shanghai. Get to know his exciting story and a view of an Italian pastry chef in London on the pastry world in Britain.
Paul Kelly, the Executive Pastry Chef and Cacao Barry Ambassador who is this month celebrating his 20th year at The Marrion hotel in Dublin where initially he planned to stay just for a short period, is sharing with us his passion for pastry, love for chocolate and gratitude for the great support he always had from the hotel team.