To participate in the tour of Paris of AMPI (Accademia Maestri Pasticceri Italiani….Academy of Italian Master Bakers) was not only an honour but also a real pleasure.
The meeting with the great French ‘maitre patissier ‘, in the laboratories and workshops of, Pierre Hermé, Arnaud Larher, Jean-Paul Hévin was particularly interesting from many points of view.
Firstly: the tastings…well yes my dears, macaroons, chocolates, desserts, an unforgettable sensory experience.
Secondly: the discovery of an extremely high level of craftsmanship associated with illustrious names from the French Relais Desserts. This is an aspect of my work that I love immensely, the possibility to learn about the multi-facets of completely different worlds, the meeting and the relationships with people who live and work with passion and outstanding competence.
Thirdly: the relaxed atmosphere on the occasions of the meetings takes away the classic stress of daily working rhythms, what’s more I must add that the bakers are rather friendly.
And then there’s Paris.
The city which, as a boy, I wandered far and wide with my camera hanging from my neck, the first B&W until the 2005 calendar of the six European cities, which you can see here, a city always fascinating and enjoyable.
Thank you AMPI
Here some photos: the official shot at Trocadero, the backstage (tourists take photos to the photographer, shooting the…Tour Eiffel), the behind the scene of the travel with some famous pastry chefs…the latest vips of the tv.