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Since 1999, the World and National Pastry Team Championships have pitted teams of the world's best pastry chefs against each other in a competition to produce the most delectable and spectacular desserts ever imagined. Though the creations themselves may be whimsical and fun, the competition is serious, and the winning desserts are unmatched wonders of flavor and presentation.
With Plating for Gold, you can re-create these stunning masterpieces in your own kitchen—whether you're a professional, an aspiring pastry chef, or a dedicated home baker. Pastry chef Tish Boyle presents a collection of the best plated dessert recipes from the first decade of this prestigious championship along with step-by-step guidance, helpful line drawings to illustrate plating techniques, and gorgeous full-color photographs of the finished masterpieces.
You'll find one-of-a-kind recipes created by renowned pastry chefs like Ewald Notter, Jacquy Pfeiffer, and Sébastien Canonne, as well as professional insight and advice on building flavor and plating for perfection. Recipes include delightful creations such as Team Schoenbeck's Fracheur de Cavaillon, an innovative combination including poached tomato and ice wine granité; Team Lhuillier's intricate Coconut Cream with Strawberry Confit and Fromage Blanc Ice Cream, featuring bright flavors and delicate filled honey tuiles; and Team China's offering of Litchi Cream with Red Fruit Compote, with unexpected floral undertones highlighting its exotic flavor profile.
While you experiment with these amazing recipes, you'll master fundamental elements of the pastry chef's art, from cakes, sorbets, and mousses to sauces, syrups, and tuiles. The book also includes practical guides to flavor pairing, essential kitchen equipment, and choosing the best ingredients, as well as expert advice on creating beautifully composed plates. Meanwhile, candid pho-tographs of pastry chefs in action give you a behind-the-scenes look at competition at the highest level.
Whether you aspire to compete with the best at next year's championships or simply want to amaze and delight guests at your next big dinner party, Plating for Gold is the absolute gold standard in dessert cookbooks.
Award-winning plated desserts from the World and National Pastry Team Championships
"Thank you, Tish Boyle, for providing a new source of inspiration for pastry chefs worldwide. This book documents the mastery of technique, wealth of experience, and creativity needed to succeed in pastry competition at the highest level."
—Chef Ewald Notter, founder and Director of Education, Notter School of Pastry Arts, Orlando, Florida; author of The Art of the Chocolatier and The Art of the Confectioner
" In this tribute to the competitive pastry arts, Tish Boyle illuminates the process of creating edible masterpieces from conception to execution. Her words and recipes go to lengths to illustrate the Pastry Team Championships in a way that makes this an accessible manual for professionals and enthusiasts alike."
—Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, founder and Academic Dean, The French Pastry School, Chicago, Illinois
"Tish Boyle brings this rigorous pastry competition to life: from her introduction of the Pastry Team Championships to the recipes for the winning desserts. This will make a good study for any chef who is considering entering a competition or any amateur looking for insight into this world of haute pâtisserie."
—Chef Sébastien Canonne, MOF, founder and Academic Dean, The French Pastry School, Chicago, Illinois
" Aside from her considerable talent as a writer of her own recipes, Tish Boyle can take a chef's complex plated dessert and turn it into an understandable—and doable—recipe like no one else today. Plating for Gold is not only a book of great desserts, but also a notable collection of contemporary techniques, flavors, and presentations; every pastry chef should have a copy."
—Nick Malgieri, author of Bake! and The Modern Baker
50 stunning plated desserts, including:
Strawberry Soup, Vanilla Panna Cotta Napoleon, and Almond Tartlet
Hot Chocolate Soufflé, Ginger Mousse, and Tropical Parfait
Yin-Yang Flourless Chocolate Cake
Peach Melba Modern
Chocolate Banana Caramel Crunch
Apple Savarin with Mascarpone Cream and Cranberry Gelée
Passion Fruit–Banana Parfait
Rosebud Crème Brûlée with Strawberry Jelly and Champagne Rose Sorbet