Inside the Banh mi

November 21st, 2014 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Travel - (0 Comments)
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Another great trip to Ho Chi Minh City had me finally taking a much closer look at the infamous Bánh mì, the quintessential Vietnamese sandwich born from the French colonial occupation. A simple preparation in which all sorts of meat, pate, melted “butter”, spring onion and other vegetables are stuffed in a thin-crusted pillow-like baguette. … Read more

Exceptional wood fire baking

November 18th, 2014 | Posted by greg in Classes & Demo | Daily life... - (0 Comments)
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Twenty four degrees Celsius, sixty percent relative humidity, and just a few clouds shading the grounds of Zen Organic Farm for our baking day. Nope, I haven’t gone on a new path of interest to become meteorologist, but I had to emphasize on how much of a great day it was. Of course, it wasn’t … Read more

Helping October

October 27th, 2014 | Posted by greg in Charity | Daily life... - (0 Comments)
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No matter how and what we do, as long as we do it with our heart, every little helps.  During October, you might have noticed a little pink ribbon on the front page of this blog, a simple way for me to help raising awareness for breast cancer. The world seems to be in so … Read more

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Not only famous in Hong Kong for being amongst the finest burgers in town, but soon to open abroad too, it’s at the Butcher’s Club that I will present and cook my take on burger and since I come from the pastry world, I also created a rather stunning bacon profiterole to fit the ambiance!  … Read more

forest heartbeat

September 24th, 2014 | Posted by greg in Classes & Demo | Recipes | Travel - (3 Comments)
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The massive forest I love to wander in back home is host to a lot of pine trees, and scattered among them are the very special Silver Pine, or at least that’s how we call them back home. They have such an heavenly fresh pine tree smell (I wonder why!) that it’s very easy to … Read more

Superfood and raw!

August 27th, 2014 | Posted by greg in Classes & Demo | Daily life... | Recipes - (0 Comments)
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At the occasion of the Natural & Organic Products Asia event held at the Hong Kong Convention Center, where I happened to be a member of the Advisory Committee, I was asked to do a demonstration for a raw superfood dessert. Yes, me too when I read that, I was like, wow…. raw? superfood? You mean … Read more

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A very interesting fact here is that while drafting this column, the dictionary for spell check couldn’t find the word permaculture. Back home, my brother is converting his vineyard into a permaculture one, which takes years to accomplish in order to bring back the life to the soil beneath the plants, drenched by too many years … Read more

Crust me!

July 24th, 2014 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (4 Comments)
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Baking bread in a city surrounded by water and by tropical climate, humidity and rain fall is pretty much a science on its own. There are several reasons why one can’t find better bread in Hong Kong, and it has to be said that one of the most important factor, independent of the baker’s hand, … Read more

Croissant a la Truffe!

July 3rd, 2014 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (6 Comments)
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I am a Pastry Chef. I have made desserts with black truffle at several points of my career… The other day, Maria gave me (yes, you read right! “GAVE” Thank you Maria!!) one very handsome black truffle from Western Australia, and of course, like a dog seeing chocolate, my mind popped a loud “pasta for … Read more

We all need Young Masters

June 3rd, 2014 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (2 Comments)
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In a not so far past, beer was called “liquid bread”, the reason being that beer was a simple fermented cereal beverage, and it was never filtered, thus there was solid residue of the cereal left in the liquid, where the name liquid bread. And when I visited Young Masters Ales, a new start-up where Rohit and Ulrich … Read more

OSAKA!

May 16th, 2014 | Posted by greg in Classes & Demo | Daily life... - (1 Comments)
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Between May 21st and May 25th the season will be just right to whip up an array of cakes, pastries, cookies and other desserts at the Ritz Carlton Osaka, in Japan. Seasonal ingredients include cherries, strawberries and the amazing Miyasaki Mango! For your eyes only, here is a little glance of what we’re going to put … Read more

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After posting that photo of braided bread on Instagram, shot for Eat&Travel magazine video, Michael, culinary genius behind Concept Creations group of restaurants, notably from their newest venture, Souvla restaurant, sent me a message to discuss about a special bread… having seen a lot of breads around the world, I wasn’t expecting much… very little I knew … Read more

The Harvest Feast 2014

April 10th, 2014 | Posted by greg in Charity | Daily life... - (1 Comments)
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Seeing an hail storm falling on Hong Kong, destroying windows and flooding multiple parts of the city is incredibly rare and VERY worrisome when you are just a few days away from the Harvest Feast 2014… It poured all week long, yet, on that Saturday April 5th, the sun gave us one of his most … Read more

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