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Every artisan has its element to work. Writers have paper and pen, musicians have instruments, sculptors have noble wood or stone… and we, bakers have flour – a noble element that requires the same amount of artistry as a sculptor or a painter. For us, quality flours created by the passionate millers are our playground, … Read more

AF003: The perfect sphere

July 13th, 2012 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (6 Comments)
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I tend to love natural shape of things, especially when it comes to food; I have a tendency to like simplicity over those eccentrically elaborated desserts for instance. But in the pastry world, there is another side of our job which is very precise and well measured. We all know that what impacts people first … Read more

Summer afternoon tea launched

July 3rd, 2012 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (16 Comments)
Sour Cherry Kiss: Sable base, sour cherry semi-pris and sour cherry fluff covered in thin dark chocolate.

Not that you need any excuses to hide away from the crazy outdoor heat these days, but our new afternoon tea will surely help you to cool down! ;-) On the left hand-side, the sour cherry kiss is a delectable fluffy sour cherry foam piped on a shortbread and filled with a sour cherry semi-pris, … Read more

It’s Sundae! Let’s eat!!

June 22nd, 2012 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (6 Comments)
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I will avoid the ” The summer is here and it’s hot” line and go straight to the point: It’s Sundae time! To keep your body and spirit cool this summer, we’ve created a series of Sundae with a little twist… If you ask me what’s the philosophy behind those Sundaes, it’s very simple: When … Read more

Una autentica fiesta Mexicana!

June 1st, 2012 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (14 Comments)
The dream team!

100 light years away! This is where I landed when I tried the Mexican food of Chef Jorge Gonzalez and Chef Alfonso Berlanga. Yet, the food he and Alfonso cooked during their time in our kitchens is actually centuries old. Perhaps in my pastry chef life, I never had the chance to cross path with … Read more

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It all started with Sonia, as she was yet again, on her way to visit us here in Hong Kong… Sonia is addicted to Nutella, which I can totally relate to as I am in love with the delicious chocolate spread myself, but lately, I have been questioning if Nutella the best we can do … Read more

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Summer is in the air and with it, the first fresh stone fruits are making their way to our pastry! Simplicity must be part of everything I create. Not out of any laziness to accomplish the most complex blend of flavor or the most beautiful display of art ever created, but simply because I put … Read more

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Last week, when I posted that photo, tons of people asked me for the recipe, but also many of you told me how popular cornflakes cookies were in some part of the world. Then I searched the web to see what other people had done and there are hundreds of different recipes, including many of … Read more

Biscuit Japonais a la coconut

March 2nd, 2012 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Recipes - (31 Comments)
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During my apprenticeship (many moons ago) one very popular petit gateau was called Japonais, which literally translates in English as “Japanese”. The other day, I was reading random tweets and found one speaking of that very same Japonais pastry. I was so surprised that someone actually still talks about it! I did a quick search … Read more

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It’s right next to the 10’000 Budah’s Temple in Shatin that resides one of Hong Kong best honey maker: Mr. Yip from Wing Wo Bee Farm. Before I even start to describe the honey, I believe important to bust one myth that is usually people’s first reaction when you talk about honey produced in a … Read more

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While Europe breaks all the sub-zero temperature records in history, we’re harvesting organic strawberries on this side of Earth! We’ve just started getting a great and steady supply of homegrown organic strawberries from Zen Farm. Delicious, beautiful and local to the point where I had to create seasonal desserts with it! Generally speaking, strawberries are … Read more

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Reading about the virtues of ingredients often keeps me in absolute awe when finding out what Mother Nature has created for us, and yet, most of the time we barely know about it. Ginger is the cure of many illness, yet, it is prominent in arthritis treatment and most of all motion sickness and nausea. … Read more

Crystal Kwok - Image courtesy of RTHK Radio 3

Friday 30th of December, just after the news at one, I’ll have the honor to be the guest of star host Crystal Kwok for her live show “Kwok Talk” on RTHK3 – and let me tell you, I’d better be ready to talk! Whilst a more visual broadcast (hint hint) is on its way, I … Read more

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