Pastry Blog & News
The typical specialities of French ice cream making have always forged their own identity at the margins of the omnipresent Italian tradition. Currently, the French tradition also relies upon the work of some French pastry chefs, members of the International Association, Relais Desserts, who have taken it upon themselves to update some of the French ice cream classics. Ice cream domes, vacherin, ice pops and ice cream sandwiches French style, and macaroon flakes, are all among the new creations available.
The candidates will be required for the first time to sculpt a whole block of chocolate and integrate it in their artistic chocolate creation. They will also work with two ice blocks similar in size to the artistic creation made of sculpted ice.
Sigep is, undoubtedly, one of the world’s major meeting points for the ice cream, pastry and bread industries. This exhibition is already preparing its 36th edition, and it has been announced that bread will be playing an important part in it, in response to the important evolution this sector is experiencing.
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Some define him as a genius, others talk about his unlimited capacity to create. But if there is one thing that characterises his creations more than any other, it is the perfect interplay between originality and commercial awareness. After a severe fire in his workshop, Patrick Roger slowly climbed his way back to normality and now prepares for the Christmas period submerged in a magical world of chocolate, with amazing creations such as his new emperor penguin.
There are a lot of questions regarding the world of sweets that remain unanswered. In order to shed light on many of these questions, renowned chef Andoni Luis Adúriz and the sociologist Iñaki Martínez de Albéniz have decided to launch a new research project called “The Candy Project”, with the collaboration of the international Slow Food network.
Impressive is the line-up of French pastry chefs that has collaborated in a new charity calendar to support the children with heart defects in underdeveloped countries. Altogether, 12 professionals appear in photos with famous personalities and with chocolate having also a leading role.
The Grupo Vilbo is launching the second edition of “Evolution”, by the pastry chef Jordi Puigvert, due to demand from the sector that has welcomed this work with open arms. It is a book which provides a framework to the world of technological and next generation ingredients, as well as a summary of this highly versatile professional’s approach to pastry cooking.
The avant-guarde interior of Patrick Roger’s new Parisian shop in the Madeleine has recently been awarded one of the main prizes in the Paris Shop and Design awards. The enormous curve design, which acts as the central element in the layout of the chocolate store proved decisive in overcoming the fellow contenders in the food category. It is a store in the image of the creative genius of a MOF chocolatier who is constantly talked about.
After many years dreaming about creating a large-scale event that fuses pastry cooking, theatre and performance, the indefatigable and creative Christian Escribà has been able to realise this dream in Singapore. It was a highly ambitious dream, which has already borne positive initial results, not only in the number of visitors but also in their reactions. Don’t miss the spectacular images from this spectacular event.