A Parisian pastry chef makes four special creations for the watch brand's pop-up cafeera.
Haute cuisine and haute horlogerie do not seem to be the companions the most obvious, but for Nina Metayer, they are made for each other.
Le Parisien The pastry chef has created four desserts for the Cafe 1931 by Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre, an attraction that accompanies an exhibition celebrating the 90th anniversary of its Reverso model.
The 8,600 -exhibition of square foot, "Reverso: Timeless Stories Since 1931 ", opened this summer at K11, an arts center in Sh anghai, and is slated to move to 15, rue Faubourg-St. Honored in Paris in October. Image Ms. The Bruit de Noisette de Metayer is made up of layers of chocolate shortbread, bishazelnut, mousse and crispy praline, decorated with distinct lines that echo the gadroons of a Reverso case. "I wanted to imagine the feel and curve of Art Deco and give that to my desserts ", he says. Credit ... via Jaeger-LeCoultre
Mrs. Metayer, 33, said craftsmanship, small details, precision - even sensuality - are aspects of watchmaking and baking. (“You listen to the sound of your watch, and like dessert, you need all of your senses.”) And of course, time. ( "Dessert is not necessary to eat, so take the time to enjoy it. ")
In addition to their Art look Deco, to match the design of the Reverso and that of the coffee, the pastries also use ingredients from the house of Jaeger-LeCoultre in the Vallee de Joux, Switzerland .
For example, the Silence de Myrtille is Mme Metayer 's tribute to the Risoud blueberry tart, a blueberry tart from the region's Risoud forest. In her recipe, the blueberries are cooked with a little lemon zest and laid on a crispy shortbread base - "so it's fresh, but with a lot of character," Ms. Metayer said.
Image Silence de Myrtille is a tribute to the blueberry tart from Risoud. In his recipe, the blueberries are cooked with a little lemon zest and put on a crispy shortbread base. Credit ... via Jaeger-LeCoultre Image Soupir Chocolat is a concoction of frozen chocolate infused with a gentian spirit from the Vallee de Joux, Switzerland, region of origin of Jaeger-LeCoultre. Credit ... via Jaeger-LeCoultre
The Secret de Fruits Rouges, stuffed with raspberries and poached blueberries, owes its name to the hidden engineering of watchmaking, Ms. Metayer said. And, topped with a heap of whipped cream, the dough looks like to a Swiss mountain.
Soupir Chocolat is a chocolate concoction infused with a gentian alcohol from the region, and the vegan Bruit de Noisette is made withhe layers of shortbread colate, crispy praline and biscuit and hazelnut mousse, decorated with three lines that echo the gadroons of a Reverso case. "I wanted to imagine the feel and curve of Art Deco and give that to my desserts " she said.
To Shanghai, a pastry shop and coffee cost 260 renminbi, or $ 40.25; the price in Paris has not been determined, the brand said.
She said she learned about watchmaking during the project and professed a Leaning towards the Reverso because its case can be flipped - a feature originally created to protect the watches of British officers playing polo in India.
"When I prepare my dessert, I need time. But when I eat, I don 't need time anymore, ”she said. "There is something very philosophical about this. "