I worked with Bloomsbury’s Boutique Cafe and Artisan Bakery in Kochi, Kerala, as a consultant on the launch of their first Indian branch (I had been consulting with them on the concept for their UAE stores in Abu Dhabi and Dubai). I was based in Kerala for 6 months developing the full dessert menu for the restaurant and patisserie menu for the bakery, plus a celebration cake menu for cakes to order. I trained 8 pastry chefs, all from Kochi and consulted on the design and layout of the kitchen, patisserie counter and cafe. The concept was a celebration of Keralan flavours in Western style baking (English, American, French, Italian). I sourced all my ingredients from local suppliers and created seasonal menus around the magnificent fruit and flowers of Kerala.
Caramel Mango Cake with Cashew
Sticky Tamarind Toffee Pudding
Rose Apple Custard Tart
Black Sesame and Passionfruit Macaron
& My take on the traditional Kerala Plum Cake – with tamarind, nutmeg, ginger, caramel & fresh plum – topped with a caramelised plum
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