Christmas in Paris: The Best Bûches de Noël 2016

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Christmas in Paris: The Best Bûches de Noël 2016
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… The city’s top pastry chefs get creative with their bûches de Noël, the traditional “yule log” dessert. Here are some of the best for 2016.  La Bûche Place Vendôme du Ritz, Paris Heading the wish list is the bûche at the Ritz Hotel Paris. Executive Pastry chef François Perret’s dome on a flourless biscuit base beneath a light mousse of Sambirano de Madagascar chocolate — contrasting with tangy red fruit notes — is accompanied by six chocolate gifts. For 6 people, priced at 200€. Order starting 1st December from The Ritz Concept Store (located in the gallery). Tel: 01 43 16 32 74. And, from December 10th to January 8th, the Ritz Paris revisits Christmas stories and legends with festive gastronomic flair. http://www.ritzparis.com/en-GB Angelina (maison founded in 1903) Angelina’s La Paon (Peacock) pays respectful hommage to the Belle Epoque icon that is the white peacock. Creative Director and pâtissier Christophe Appert uses citrus and exotic notes of passionfruit, mango and coconut on a crispy base combining crepe crumble in white chocolate and cocoa butter. Its refreshing fruity centre is a superposition of frozen orange, mango and passion with joconde almond biscuit, delicately evoking the peacock’s white plumage. www.angelina.com  Lenôtre – Büche Merveilles “Ceci n’est pas une bûche, ceci est l’expression de l’esprit de Paris sublimé par la magie de Noël,” says Franco Dragone, who creates the dazzling shows at Lido de Paris, this year’s inspiration for Guy Krenzer, Lenôtre’s Executive Chef & Creative. A sensual Swan Lake and Bluebell Girl Paris by Night white cake of many parts with refreshing orange compôte, almonds, light mousse and creamy ganache, perfectly paired with Meilleur Sommelier du Monde Olivier Poussier’s excellent choice of Gewurtztraminer Grand Cru Steingrübler 2011 Domaine Barmes Buecher. For 10 people, priced at 130€. Order from 3rd December from Lenôtre boutiques or online. http://www.lenotre.com Four Seasons George V Christian Le Squer, voted Chef of the Year 2016 by the prestigious magazine Le Chef, and Stéphane Tranchet- Le Cinq restaurant’s chef pâtissier – present a tranquil landscaped Alpine Jardin, dotted with miniature pistachio cream Christmas trees, sprinkled with astringent cranberries poised on delicate moist sweet and sour chocolate cake. Limited & numbered edition of 20. Price is 125€ for 6 people. Tel: 01 49 52 70 76 http://www.fourseasons.com/paris/ Michalak It’s a rock n’roll Christmas for Christophe Michalak, inspired by his favorite musicians, as they go on a magical mystery tour in his edible red fruit “Ikonik” Magic Bus delivering marvellous Michalak goodies on the way. Order from 1st December for 6-8 people (98€). www.christophemichalak.com Hôtel Plaza Athénée Talented Angelo Musa, World Champion Pastry Chef 2003 and Meilleur Ouvrier de France 2007 (respect!), recently joined the Plaza Athénée as Executive Pastry Chef and proudly presents his first Christmas log. (For 6-8 people, priced at 90€.) “I wanted to return to a more classic design that reflects the spirit of Christmas and tradition,” he explains. Elongated and curvy, suggesting the shape of cocoa beans – sprinkled with gold dust – milk and dark chocolate combine with light hazelnut cream and vanilla, ganache and, the secret ingredient, notes of yuzu segue with the perfect crispness of the hazlenut base – an explosion of aromas and flavors! From December 1st. Order on 01 53 67 65 97. https://www.dorchestercollection.com/en/paris/hotel-plaza-athenee/ Laurent André at Café de la Paix Intercontinental Le Grand The recently appointed Executive Chef (formerly at Royal Monceau-Raffles Paris) together with head pastry-chef Dominique Costa interpret the dome of the Opéra de Paris – either sweet Angélique (65€) with mandarines and champagne jelly – or savory Démoniaque with foie gras, spices, speculoos biscuits and confit of figs (96€). Both in limited editions of 100 from 19 December-1st January. Eat in to take away but order 48 hours ahead. http://www.cafedelapaix.fr/fr/buches-de-noel.html Gilles Marchal at Maison Chaudun Get ready to travel with this unusual bûche created by chef Marchal for his first Christmas as Creative Director at Maison Chaudun. “It’s based on memories of my Asian travels, a part of the world of which I am particularly fond,” he says. Expect flavors of lemongrass and chocolate on an almond biscuit base. (Available from 10-30 December, priced at 60€-90€.) “It should take the taste buds to a location on the most beautiful festive tables,” he adds. http://www.chaudun.com Mikaël Bartochetti at Le Shangri-La Using his imagination and creativity, the Shangri-La’s Pastry Chef plunges us into the magic of Christmas with his Sapin Etincelant— a sparkling red fir tree. Passionate about design, Bartochetti sketched the original outline calling on a wood turner to create the bespoke prototype. This log reveals crunchy hazelnut and coated puffed rice with delicate vanilla mousse and a touch of orange blossom. At its heart, an almond biscuit and Piedmont hazelnuts bring soft and smooth in-mouth sensations. The creaminess of flowing caramel hazelnut is offset by a suggestion of lemon – providing the perfect balance. Taste in La Bauhinia Restaurant from 5-25th December – or order ahead for 8 people, priced at 108€. Tel : 01 53 67 19 98. http://www.shangri-la.com/paris/shangrila/about/   Maison Foucade The house – created by…
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Lead photo credit : The bûche at the Four Seasons George V

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Born in Hampton, Middlesex, UK, Margaret Kemp is a lifestyle journalist, based between London, Paris and the world. Intensive cookery courses at The Cordon Bleu, London, a wedding gift from a very astute ex-husband, gave her the base that would take her travelling (leaving the astute one behind) in search of rare food and wine experiences, such as the vineyards of Thailand, 'gator hunting in South Florida, learning to make eye-watering spicy food in Kerala;pasta making in a tiny Tuscany trattoria. She has contributed to The Guardian, The Financial Times Weekend and FT. How To Spend It.com, The Spectator, Condé Nast Traveller, Food & Travel, and Luxos Magazine. She also advises as consultant to luxury hotels and restaurants. Over the years, Kemp has amassed a faithful following on BonjourParis. If she were a dish she'd be Alain Passard's Millefeuille “Caprice d'Enfant”, as a painting: Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe !

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  • J. Fitzgerald
    2016-12-08 18:40:45
    J. Fitzgerald
    Nice holiday newsletter. will follow up next trip to Paris! J. Fitzgerald Palm Beach Florida

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