Un jour d’hiver a Paris

February 19th, 2016 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Travel - (4 Comments)

Europain just ended in Paris last week and I had the chance to attend this world class baker’s fair, grasping the chance to meet amazing people from oven makers, millers and of course exceptional bakers; such as Mickaël Chesnouard, Xavier Honorin, Beesham Soogrim, Thomas Teffri-Chambelland  or Stéphane Pichard and without forgetting all the others I unfortunately missed … Read more

Geothermal Rye Bread

November 1st, 2015 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Travel - (0 Comments)

Here is one solid question for you: How was the scenery like the last time you’ve crossed a 5000 year old lava stone field? I don’t know about you, but I never thought it would look as good as Hveragerði, a small village 45 minutes’ drive from Reykjavik, south of Iceland, and yes, I (and … Read more

Second trip and second serving of chocolate cultivated and made in Vietnam! After travelling to Vietnam, I tested the different chocolates in several recipes, including this (very smooth) chocolate cheesecake that I glazed with an olive oil and chocolate glaze. The base of the cake (or tart) is made of sweet dough and black olive … Read more

Inside the Banh mi

November 21st, 2014 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Travel - (7 Comments)

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

forest heartbeat

September 24th, 2014 | Posted by greg in Classes & Demo | Recipes | Travel - (3 Comments)

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

The fabulous destiny of red currant

September 5th, 2013 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Travel - (4 Comments)

We should all keep a Polaroid photo of the first time we tasted fresh red currant! Yes, everything that is growing as a shinny attractive candy-red grape, isn’t as sweet as what it looks like… Yet, the flavor of groseille with its powerful tart acidity can be one of the most delicate addition to your … Read more

On the cocoa trail in Vietnam

March 8th, 2013 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Travel - (11 Comments)

On the 19:05 flight to Ho Chi Min City, also known as Saigon, I had very little idea of what I would discover. It was my first visit of Vietnam and my first encounter with the roots of chocolate: Cocoa trees. Visiting the cocoa tree plantation demystified my vision of chocolate, yet, there was still … Read more

Elisa, the mastermind behind the feel-good effect at Arwana Estate says it herself: “When you step into your villa, you feel like home!” And that’s really and understatement to the point where when you come back from busy Seminyak, you feel like you are in an oasis of calm and luxury. Water is omnipresent, from … Read more

Last month, my trip to New York was for the launch of the new TASTE by Four Seasons, and although hurricane Sandy tried to stop it, it is now up and running. You can visit it and request ingredients and vote for your favorite dishes! At the original planned date of the event, apples were … Read more

Antica Pesa, New York

November 6th, 2012 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Travel - (4 Comments)

Being stranded in New York because of the mayhem Sandy left behind was not the best thing that ever happened to me. Transportation were disrupted, areas without electricity, no heating system with a temperatures as low as 4 Celsius,  no gas for cars, car pool rules in force, Red Cross food distribution in the street and so … Read more

Stranded in New York with Sandy

November 2nd, 2012 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Travel - (6 Comments)

The Big Apple never fails to impress! I am posting this from New York City where I am stranded…. One of the most exciting event in my career was set to take place in New York on October 30th where I was invited to cook some desserts for a very special event. It was planned … Read more

Show me your RACLETTE!

October 14th, 2012 | Posted by greg in Classes & Demo | Daily life... | Travel - (3 Comments)

There are days where you wake up and things go way beyond anything you’ve ever expected. It’s 6am in the Swiss Alps and as the sun barely touches the 4000 meters summit across the valley and we find ourselves well on our way to the Alpage du Tronc. An alpage is a high altitude mountain cow … Read more

You’ve NEVER seen wafers before this!

September 17th, 2012 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Travel - (8 Comments)

At first, I was like you. I freaked out seeing the massive cast iron tool thinking how painful and gruesome it would have been to be punished with it… That was until my brother Sebastien opened wide the gigantic press to reveal a beautiful and very impressive iron carving dating no younger than 1759. Wow! … Read more

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