Pastry Blog & News
Do you want to try the latest Pierre Hermé pastry without moving from your seat? Or do you want to know the organoleptic properties of a new chocolate coating without having to sample it? Or perhaps you would like to share the aroma of your most recent bonbon with others without having to organise a meeting? Today, this is still not possible, but it in the not too distant future, it may be, thanks to the “digital lollipops” of Nimesha Ranasinghe.
Those fashionable television cooking competitions are now coming to the world of pâtisserie. Now you can enjoy the hugely successful French programme, “Who will be the next great patissier?”, with its exceptional judges and 10 finalists who will compete for glory and the final victory. The French phenomenon is placing pâtisserie alongside those professions most desired by young audiences.
The blue and white colours of the Dubai Expo 2020 logo were turned into a 400m² giant mosaic thanks to a collaboration between the onwer of Minilicious Dubai, Zaabeel Hospitality and Dobla, the supplier of white chocolate decorations.
After publishing the books Macaron Magic and Macaron Magic 2: Individual Desserts and Showpieces, Chino-American Jialin Tian stars the launching of a new book. Again, she opts for a monograph, although macarons are now replaced by pâte à choux. Published by Jayca, an American publishing house, Choux Temptations is an in-depth research into this essential component in pastry.
For a few summers, the best French patissiers have been inspired by ice cream to offer more refreshing products and to surprise their customers with new collections. Whilst their proposals in the past years came in varied formats, elegant ice cream tubs are in fashion this season. The new ice cream and sorbet collections of some of the most prestigious and internationally renowned patisseries, such as Ladurée, Pierre Marcolini, Pierre Hermé and La Maison Henri Le Roux, have retraced their steps and left sophistication aside.
It will be the thirteenth of its kind in the world, and the third one in the American continent (there is one in the United States and a second one in Canada). Barry Callebaut is planning to open a Chocolate Academy in Mexico soon. The establishment of the chocolate multinational in Mexico derives from an agreement signed with Turín, with which Callebaut shares the aim of increasing the sales both in the industry sector and –especially– in the gourmet and professional one.
We have reasons to celebrate. We must applaud the joint collaboration of chocolate manufacturers, universities, cocoa farmers worldwide and even the almighty IT giant IBM to promote an investigation which will complete the cocoa genetic map and be made available to the world. Its free access will avoid a product’s intellectual property, which will come from this genetic information, does not become a barrier. In this way the sector benefits from the advances in science and secures its viability.