I love Paris. It’s a place where the most delicious and decadent things in life are celebrated: love, fashion, art, flowers, champagne, food, and, of course, pastry. As home to the finest pastry chefs in the world, Paris offers desserts that are not only gorgeous to look at but are as equally delectable as they are beautiful. Every trip, I visit the storefronts of these established “rock stars” of my profession, as well as the newest up-and-comers to the pastry world.
After years of watching my mother, grandmother, and the other women in my family bake and make desserts, I decided to put my Nutritional Food degree from the University of Hawai’i to good use by going in the exact opposite direction – which was to make desserts professionally. My initial culinary school education at Le Cordon Bleu and Ecole Lenotre provided me with a foundation for the craft and since then, I have continued to go back to France regularly to learn the latest tricks of the trade from the masters at Ecole Bellouet Conseil.
Because I spent the last three years writing and promoting Extraordinary Cakes, furthering my studies in Paris during that time was not an option. When I saw the 3 day intensive course on exciting new layer cakes flavors and techniques at Ecole Bellouet Conseil recently, I jumped at the chance to learn and experience the latest from the masters.
Being back in Paris, seeing, walking and tasting my way through the city is a buzz, and being there alone is enough inspiration for several new dessert ideas. However, by combining my travel experiences in Paris with these classes the new techniques I learned lit a real creative fire for me. As an artist, there are times that I simply can’t wait to get back into the kitchen to work new recipes out.
Many new desserts at Extraordinary Desserts inspired by my recent travels and classesare making their way to the front cases of our stores. Some of our staff favorites thus far are Chocolate Bailey’s and Coffee Torte, Passion Fruit Sugar Bun, French Cherry Cheesecake Coffee Cake, and Guava Parfait among others. I hope you find your way in soon to try them.