There was no option: While I was back home I had to bake bread in those century old wood ovens. Before flying to Switzerland, I asked my family to scan all the news around that topic to see if there was any baking going on while we were there and lucky us, the small village … Read more

On the long flight back to Hong Kong from my native Valais, my son Clement watched countless movies and cartoon on his screen. As I was seating next to him, I couldn’t help to notice that friendly big orange furry peanut on his screen… he was watching Dr. Seuss’s Lorax. In itself, it was 86 … Read more

Typically, you walk in your favorite superstore, choose, pay and go home with food. Every other step I took in the wilderness surrounding my home town of Verbier brought me flashback of absolute perfection in terms of taste. No, the food wasn’t a secret recipe that my Grand-Ma whispered to my Mom (although there are … Read more

Easter has been busy as every year and a little break was very welcome! This time, we traveled for a few days in the Motherland, China, destination: Shunde. We had decided to visit our relatives living in Shunde, home of about one million people and ancestral home of actor Bruce Lee, located an hour drive … Read more

It took me just about 2 hours to reach Zen Organic Farm in Fan Ling on that Tuesday morning. Ping picked us up at the Sheung Shui train station and drove us to the farm which was about 15 minutes away. When we arrived I felt like home. Joey, Ping and their Mother gave us … Read more

It’s over here, curry on please!

September 19th, 2011 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Travel - (2 Comments)

An interesting chemistry happened at work yesterday as our Lounge restaurant started a 10 days special Indian menu for dinner, planned and executed by Chef Vikram which is the Indian Chef at the Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai, and particularly of the much sought-after San-Qi restaurant. During the 2 weeks I spent in Mumbai last … Read more

While sorting the thousands of photos I had from the summer vacation, I found a few on a visit we did in the salt mine of Bex. Knowing the importance of salt in food and particularly baking, I thought nice to share the experience… The little train brought us at 450 meters below Earth’s surface. … Read more

Movie: Wood fire baking in Verbier

September 2nd, 2011 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Travel - (8 Comments)

Decades ago, in my hometown of Verbier, wood fire oven baked sourdough bread was reigning king. Back then, the main activity in our village was farming, not only to make a living but more simply to live. There was one communal oven, called Four Banal in French, and each family had its turn to bake. … Read more

Going back home was time to grasp a bit of everything I miss while living away. It was also time for my son to get impregnated by those moments of life. Moments where you only need to be your very good own self… To me, the values we respect and carry on to our children … Read more

At home, we have a few random plants of oats, wheat and rye growing around the house… it’s pretty, but more  than that, it reminds my family of the old days when they used to have entire fields of wheat and rye. Back then, it wasn’t made to be pretty but rather to make a … Read more

Walking down the food market of Martigny, in the heart of the Swiss Alps, (also on Twitter!), the town I spent most of my youth at and where I did my bakery apprenticeship was truly remarkable. While living there, you bath in all these delicacies and don’t really bother. All the food is taken for … Read more

For a baker, discovering first hand the magic behind tandoor oven and the making of Indian breads was an amazing experience. The bread specialist of the Indian cuisine had such a smooth flowing way of doing it that it made me feel like I knew nothing. The bread specialist you see on this movie showed … Read more

Mumbai: Incredible Sweets!

June 26th, 2011 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Travel - (4 Comments)

Fact: Working in pastry in a different country will bring you face-to-face with the local sweets – and I love it! After tasting different kebabs, breads and sauces I was full… but being in India for the first time, I thought there was no such thing as being full! So it was time to dig … Read more

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