French Chef Gilles Favre shares his cake creations with NANDINI NAIR
Pastries are perfection in a mouthful. New Delhi's ITC Maurya Sheraton brings the unique creations of French Chef Gilles Favre to The Gourmet Shop. Each month a particular signature dessert will be on sale. The cake for October is the delectable 'Earl Grey & Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake'. Marked by a labyrinthine pattern, the cake first invites and then satisfies. Favre reveals, "I was just experimenting. But in my mind I had the taste of tea and chocolate. I tried it and I liked it." The distinctness of the cake is its covert taste of tea. The chocolate sponge cake soaked in Earl Grey syrup is sandwiched between chocolate moulds. Favre takes pride that unlike other cakes, he creates this one from the top rather than the bottom. The cake has been gobbled off the shelves since it arrived.
He also allows a taste-teaser for his next month's creation, 'Caramelised Cinnamon Bavaroise'. The sponge cake soaked with cinnamon is layered with cinnamon bavaroise (like a rich custard). He says, "It is special, because the cinnamon is caramelised and then infused into milk." The poached peaches perfectly offset the texture of the cake. Gilles says he started his career in his uncle's pastry shop in Geneva at the age of 15. Initially, "I did not enjoy working Saturday evenings and Sundays as this forced me to neglect my girlfriends. I got a chance to be creative only when I started working as a chef in the Caribbean," he adds. Having been at the Delhi Sheraton for six months, he has found that Indians are not very adventurous and cautiously stick to chocolate. He most admires French chef Pierre Hermes who runs his own pastry boutique in Paris. His other specialities at The Gourmet Shop include baked cheesecake and raspberry bavaroise. The Earl Grey Cake is priced at Rs.600 plus taxes.NANDINI NAIR