SOL trips, a boutique travel company and Le Cordon Bleu Paris, renowned culinary and hospitality institute, in collaboration with Atout France – France Tourism Development Agency, recently hosted a high-tea at Le 15 Café Colaba, Mumbai, to acquaint attendees with the Patisserie Workshop at Le Cordon Bleu (LCB) in Paris. SOL trips has launched a 3-day itinerary for home bakers and professionals, to discover the world of French patisserie at the emblematic LCB.
The high-tea began with Ms. Pooja Dhingra, owner of Le 15 Café Colaba, and notable alumina of LCB, describing the programme as an opportunity to experience the Parisian way of living, and administer the discipline, recipes and techniques that are taught by the Chefs in the LCB kitchen. Others present during the evening were Ms. Bhargavi Prajapati, Owner, SOL trips, Mr. Abhishek Sharma, Hub Manager, India Subcontinent, Le Cordon Bleu, Ms. Sheetal Munshaw, Director, Atout France India, and Ms. Sona Bahadur, winner of the partial scholarship towards the Hautes Études du Goût (HEG) programme at LCB.
Over a session of tea and tartines, the bloggers, participants of the programme as well as the enthusiastic home bakers as they received information on the Parisian patisserie. The objective of this initiative was to bring together those with basic pastry-making skills, either home bakers, or entrepreneurs, who essentially want to add a bit of finesse to their patisserie-making techniques, and also learn how to prepare iconic French desserts, explained Bhargavi Prajapati, Owner, SOL trips.
For the last 122 years, LCB is at the top level of culinary and hospitality education and that speaks volumes about its credibility. With a range of programmes, the right Chef instructors and the right credentials to deliver a quality culinary education, LCB is a hallmark brand in the realm of gastronomy. “Further to this, we are based in Paris, which is the Mecca for French pastry art,” Mr. Abhishek Sharma, Hub Manager, India Subcontinent, Le Cordon Bleu adds.
Sharing her thoughts on this initiative, Ms. Sheetal Munshaw, Director, Atout France India, commented, “We are joyous to have partnered with this endeavor as it resonates with our strategy of promoting the French areas of excellence- wine and gastronomy and notably patisserie. We are particularly excited that SOL trips has taken the step of showcasing France for all its finesse and fine gastronomy, to be able to give travellers a true taste of France when they travel. We have undertaken many other such initiatives with LCB such as the first ever gastronomy look book with Cox and Kings and Masterchef winner Shipra Khanna and with renowned food and gastronomy critique Rashmi Uday Singh. We are also excited to associate with Chef Pooja Dhingra, who has been flagging off the French and Parisian patisserie message with a lot of élan. We are delighted to see that all of this is taking shape as many gastronomes in India are now starting to look at travelling with taste.”