“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.”