Maria Guseva moved to UK following her partner who got a job in the North East. The relationship didn’t survive, but she gained two new loves with her move to the new country: the one for pastry and chocolate and of her partner in love and work, chef James Close of the two Michelin starred Raby Hunt in Summerhouse, Darlington.
“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.