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Bake off: Celebrity chef on pastries, China and much more

By Li Wenrui | | Updated: 2018-11-23 14:13
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Color, design and flavor, you can find all this and more in the pastry of Cédric Grolet. The 33-year-old French chef made his name through several visually stunning confection lines, such as the iconic trompe-l'oeil fruit desserts.

Before opening his own store in Paris earlier this year, Grolet worked with several top-notch pastry chefs. "I think success depends on the amount of hard work," he said. "If you want to achieve great things in your career, you should always have an objective and the desire to learn."

Grolet won the World's Best Pastry Chef both in 2017 and 2018, and has over 1 million followers on Instagram. During his global teaching tour, he sits down with China Daily Website in Beijing to talk about his experience in China and pastry making.

His impression on China started more than a decade ago. "I came to China for the first time at the age of 20. It was also the first time I traveled by airplane. I came to Beijing. It was incredible," he said. "I haven't yet explored Chinese culture. But I think there are many interesting things."

"One of the things about Chinese cuisine is that there are many dishes to share, many different flavors," he said. "We sit around the table and enjoy the hotpot. I really like this moment of sharing."

A dream-seeker himself, Grolet gives his best wishes to young adults in China. "I wish them to believe in their dream and to have patience about their dream. I wish them all the courage and good luck."

Executive Producer: Feng Minghui

Producer: Li Wenrui

Guest: Cédric Grolet

Subtitles: Jin Xinzhu

Voiceover: Anne Marie Ruisi

Acknowledgement: TDESSERT

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