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

Bread Elements First Baking Class!

October 1st, 2013 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (9 Comments)
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Winning the last Eat Your Words event by teaming up with talented Ale Wilkinson in support of FoodLink and boasting an auction price of a baking class for 10 people at Bread Elements was the easy part… Indeed, making it happen in a 6 month young bakery, in full development wasn’t the easiest part at … Read more

ESF Master Chef Grand Final

June 20th, 2013 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (0 Comments)
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Nearly 400 students coming from different schools within the ESF network joined the Master Chef competition!  And only 8 made it to the final where my old colleagues, friends and myself were invited to be judges. It’s with with Vincent and Herve from Four Seasons and Jeremy from Mirror that we had the difficult task … Read more

First ebooks available online!

March 3rd, 2013 | Posted by greg in Books | Daily life... - (4 Comments)
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Finally! Got Cheese? is the first of my books to be released in e-format!! Woohooo!  I know, it’s a bit odd, because Got cheese? is actually still available in hard copy, and so many of you asked me for Artisan bread and Never Skip Dessert, but anyway it’s a start! So if you head over … Read more

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If you look at it from a different angle, happiness doesn’t require any material things… or maybe, it does… if you call chocolate cream material, then yes… a substantial material with an ephemeral life, like butterflies – no, no relation here, except that both are beautiful! :) A week ago, I was asked to post … Read more

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Usually, I am not the greatest fan of macerated fruits/jam/brandy sort of recipes, but we gave some thoughts to that one; made with fresh poached pears has a nice fruity side to it that fits every festive occasion. Happy days! :) I shared the recipe in a video for Tatler’s Epicurean Express here, take a … Read more

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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

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The spiciness and sour cherry-like flavor of the Ghana 68% chocolate Nyangbo blends beautifully with our new malted caramel ice cream… With these mellow flavors, I thought Meyer Lemon would be a pretty nice fit – as a curd and freshly grated! And because I can ( LOL ) I dropped a nice spoon of … Read more

Jammin’ with the Roses!

July 9th, 2012 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Recipes - (11 Comments)
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The following post has been published in 2010, when we had the visit of Chef Helal in our kitchens. After the hacking of my blog, all the photos from this post were lost along with many others… I re-did the jam today because I think it’s really worth sharing such an interesting recipe. Also, I … 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

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Egyptians probably never imagined what they discovered when they started using the ancestor of baking soda to clean their floor! Baking Soda Sodium bicarbonate is indeed widely used in today’s baking, be it in quick breads, cookies, muffins, cakes or confectioneries. Unlike other leavening methods such as the biological natural yeast or by the physical … Read more

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I don’t know how to start this post! … I’m so excited to announce the release of my new baking book that I can’t compose a normal sentence… it all goes into 1970’s black and white advertising for lard kind-of-sentence, like: ” You’re happy because you bake your own bread!” …says the guy with beautiful … Read more

Joseph Heller had it spot on when he said “When I grow up I want to be a little boy” We just wrapped an intense week of photo shooting for my upcoming new baking book! I say “new baking book” because I still pondering on its title… I am now sorting recipes and (lots of…) … Read more

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