We were excited last week to have some very special people visiting us at Chez Dré!
Kirsten Tibballs (you may have seen her on Masterchef with that beautiful ‘Louros’ entremet for the pressure test) came to visit, and with her she brought renowned french pastry chef, Christophe Adam!
Kirsten is one of Australia’s most internationally respected pastry chefs. She has won numerous awards, including a gold medal at the Pastry Olympics in Germany in 2004, and best in the world for her handmade chocolate at the World Pastry Championships in Las Vegas 2004.
In 2002, Kirsten established the Savour Chocolate and Patisserie School in Melbourne. It allows her to pass on her skills and knowledge to both amateurs and professionals, and is the only school of its kind in the Asia Pacific.
Every year, Kirsten and Savour host up to three of the most celebrated international pastry chefs, offering students a rare learning experience. Last week, Christophe Adam was in town with Savour, hosting a select number of classes about entremet, tarts and choux pastry.
Christophe is renowned for his colourful, wonderful and eye-catching éclairs. The former executive pastry chef of the world famous Fauchon, he currently has two stores of his own in Paris – L’éclair de Génie in the Marais, which specialises in éclairs and chocolates, as well as Adam’s, which is a café. Christophe is also an author of the books, Éclairs !, tartlettes !, Fauchon Paris and Le petit théâtre des grands Gâteaux. He even pens a blog, Sucré design.
We were very excited to have him and Kirsten at the café! They had lunch with Andrea Reiss and sampled all of our petit gâteaux, macarons and éclairs!
Our pastry team were very excited, and even a little star struck, to meet him too.
Thank you so much for the visit Kirsten and Christophe! We loved having you and hope to see you back at Chez Dré soon!