Pastry is sacred in France, it’s a true art, and we have some of the best pastry chefs we can count in the world. You should absolutely know at least these 3 names and especially try it as soon as you come in France.
1- Pierre Hermé
Heir to four generations of Alsatian bakers, he was elected the best pastry chef of the world in 2016. He is nicknamed the king of macaroons or “The Picasso of Pastry” by Vogue magazine.
Pierre Hermé works like a stylist: he approaches his new creations in his Creative Workshop with a sketch, drawing the recipes and fixing the proportions of the different ingredients that his team of Chefs-pâtissiers will then experiment with, until he gets the result he imagined.
He owes his international reputation essentially to the macaroon, which he learned to make in 1976 and whose garnish he considerably enriched at the time in order to develop its taste, to the point of considering it today as an almost infinite field of exploration of creativity.
2- Christophe Michalak
He is known in particular for his avant-garde and elegant creations, which have made it possible since the 2000s to re-invent a new Grande Pâtisserie française.
He worked for 16 years for the famous Plaza Athéné palace
In particular, he was World Pastry Champion in 2005 and then elected Best Pastry Chef by the Gault & Millau (2014), elected Best Pastry Chef by the Pudlowski Guide (2015)
3- Cedric Grolet
Since 2012, he has been the pastry chef at the famous Palace Le Meurice. He was elected the best pastry chef in the world in 2018 with his “haute couture” pastry works.
He challenges the codes of the pastry world and is particularly known for its trompe-l’oeil fruits….