What are you currently obsessing about?
I’m currently obsessing about baking like a French Chef Patissier. Not many people realise how complex this is. Because we feed on savory more than sweet, savoy chefs are more praised, but baking is the fruit of so much patience, scientific knowledge, and attention to details and precision. I’m not saying that cooking is not technical either - at my house we cook beautiful meals from scratch everyday, kids included - but there’s also this search for the absolutely pristine looking, textural layering, and artistically beautiful result that comes with baking, and that is just the cherry on top for me. So far I have baked almost a dozen various tarts since COVID started. My next frontier is cakes. I started to share on my Instagram but will share more.
Do you have an ALL TIME favorite cake that you made recently? Just a couple weeks ago was the Epiphanie, it’s a French tradition to eat Galettes des Rois on the 12th day after Christmas (pie made out of frangipane baked between two sheets of puff pastry, hiding a little ceramic “toy” to be found to become King). Nowadays it’s an opportunity to celebrate with family, friends, and work colleagues, so it can start as early as December and lasts the whole month of January. Due to Covid though, it's the first time I haven't invited friends over to eat it, but nevertheless I baked 2 and bought one last month. They are just that good!
Where will you go as soon as it’s safe to travel again?
I’ll answer by seasons.
Winter: There is nothing like bathing in Christmas in New York
Spring: People watching while seated at a Parisian cafe
Summer: Breathing in the pristine nature in Bali
Autumn: Eating freshly caught lobster, drinking coconut water from the coconut tree, and coconut sorbet on the beach in my family’s native island in the Caribbean: Guadeloupe.