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French Pastry Chefs - who are your favourites?

 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 9:48 pm    Post subject: French Pastry Chefs - who are your favourites? Reply with quote

Hi all,

I'm new on this forum and need to pick your brains.
I've been told Pierre Hermé and Sadaharu Aoki are two patisserie chefs I must investigate on my next trip to Paris. Do you folks have any other favourites? This girl has a sweet tooth...

Thanks much!
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Rachel



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome fellow Francophile sugarfreak! Very Happy

Having spent a fair bit of time in Paris and sampled my share of pastries, these are my favourites...

Gerard Mulot (rue de Seine, 6th) has great everything, but I particularly recommend the macarons. His flavours aren't quite as unorthodox as Pierre Herme's, but in my humble opinion they're every bit as good.

Pain de Sucre (rue Rambuteau, 4th) is especially good for fruit tarts.

Arnaud Lahrer (rue Caulaincourt, 18th) is one of the up-and-coming stars, I think he'll give the Holy Trinity (Herme, Aoki and Mulot) a run for their money in the near future!

Eric Kayser (several branches), though he's technically a boulanger not a patissier, makes fabulous canneles and financiers. And at the polar opposite of Herme and Co., if you just want good viennoiserie or thoroughly unfussy and tasty cakes, I have a big soft spot for Malineau (two shops in the Marais - rues Vieille du Temple and St-Paul).

Hope that gives you some inspiration!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:22 am    Post subject: yum yum Reply with quote

Greetings Rachel and many thanks for the mouthwatering advice!
I'm more than looking forward to my trip now...
xx
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Running Man



Joined: 28 Feb 2007
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

You should not forget :
- Stohrer (51, rue Montorgueil - Very easy to find near Les Halles - Open everyday) : very good "eclairs au chocolat" or "baba au rhum"...
- Laduree (Champs Elysees or rue Royale) : very good macarons...
- Dalloyau (several shops and tea rooms in Paris) : top "operas"...
- ... and many others!

The most difficult thing is... to choose! Laughing
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