There have not been many surprises in the latest edition of San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants, whose winner was the Italian chef Massimo Bottura for the second time. And it was no surprise that the jury did not stray from mainstream gastronomy when choosing the winner of the award for World’s Best Pastry Chef. Cédric Grolet, the pastry chef of Le Meurice Alain Ducasse, takes home the fifth edition of this recognition and in this way adds a new and meritorious title to his lauded career.
At only 32, Cédric Grolet has taken advantage of his opportunities to become the trusted pastry chef of Alain Ducasse in Le Meurice, a trust that in recent months has also led to the opening of a pastry shop with some of its most popular desserts. The author of the book Fruits has become famous for his unwavering commitment to the intensity of flavor in each of his fruity creations. Work that has also been characterized by perfection in its extraordinary execution, as we are able to see in this video about four of his most iconic desserts.
The Gala of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants was held last Tuesday in Bilbao (Spain) and allowed us to coincide with other important figures in pastry among their guests, such as Paco Torreblanca, Yann Duytsche, and Pierre Marcolini. This year’s awards highlight great figures in the contemporary treatment of restaurant desserts. To mention some names known by our readers are those of El Celler de Can Roca (number 2 in the world), Mugaritz (number 9), Disfrutar (number 18 and First Highest Entry Award), and Geranium (number 19). This year’s One To Watch Award deserves special mention, dedicated to the Californian restaurant, SingleThread, one of the protagonists of so good #20.