World’s biggest chocolate show to open in Paris this weekend
Salon du chocolat, the biggest chocolate show in the world, returns to Paris this week as more than 200 chocolatiers and pastry chefs head to the French capital for the kind of devilishly moreish event your dentist will want you to avoid.
Taking place from Saturday 28 October until Wednesday 1 November, the 23rd Salon du Chocolat will be held at the Porte de Versailles and will focus on the theme ‘Are the chocolatiers and patissiers the New Adventurers?’.
Over 50 countries will be represented as the huge event showcases everything from bean to bar chocolate to gourmet workshops—with plenty of tastings as well. Pastry chefs will also be revealing some of their top tips and secrets, whilst contemporary French artist Richard Orlinski, who is known for his Born Wild sculptures, will work alongside patissier Yann Couvreur to create what organisers are calling a ‘monumental chocolate surprise.’
Tickets for the event are priced at €14 for adults and €6.50 for children aged three to 12 years. Children younger than three are free. Head to www.salon-du-chocolat.com for more.
If you can’t get tickets, don’t fret because Paris is a city with a bit of a sweet tooth. Cédric Grolet, the head pastry chef at the Le Meurice hotel, was unveiled as best restaurant patissier in the world this week, scooping up the prestigious Grandes Tables award. Famed for cakes that look like pieces of fruit but are actually desserts, Grolet has clocked up more than 500,000 followers on Instagram.
The city also has a slew of incredible patisseries, including Stohrer which was started by Louis XV’s pastry chef. Other cake shops to test your willpower at are Pâtisserie des Rêves, Pierre Hermé, Blé Sucré, and Jacques Genin’s. One ingenious Instagrammer has explored the city’s best patisseries by pairing cakes with shoes and here’s where best to devour the patisserie icons the city has to offer.
Source: Lonely planet.