Pierre Hermé, named The World’s Best Pastry Chef in 2016 by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, will open a new pâtisserie at La Mamounia in Marrakech November 1. The luxury hotel is the first in Africa to partner with the renowned pastry chef and chocolatier whose bakery will offer pastries created exclusively for the hotel as well as Moroccan classics.
The new association combines the finest Moroccan traditions with the sophisticated refinement characteristic of the Pierre Hermé boutiques. The new pastries and desserts will be served in all the hotel’s restaurants including Le Marocain, L’Italien, Le Français, and Le Pavilion de la Piscine.
A favorite of international royalty, politicians, celebrities and the jet set since opening in 1923, La Mamounia embodies the best of traditional Moroccan hospitality, service and luxurious amenities found at the world’s great hotels. Following an extensive restoration led by internationally-acclaimed interior designer Jacques Garcia, it reo-opened in September 2009 with 136 guest rooms, 71 suites including seven signature accommodations, and three riads each with three bedrooms, Moroccan salons and a private terrace with ozone swimming pool.
Heir to four generations of Alsatian bakery and pastry-making tradition, Hermé began his career at the age of 14 as an apprentice to legendary Gaston Lenôtre. Well-known in France, Japan and the United States, Hermé was called “The Picasso of Pastry” by Vogue for his revolutionary pastries. Refusing to rest on his laurels, he continually revisits his own recipes and explores new taste frontiers. He has also been called “pastry provocateur” by Food & Wine, “an avant-garde pastry chef and a magician with tastes” by Paris-Match, “The Kitchen Emperor” in the New York Times, and “The King of Modern Pâtisserie” in The Guardian, not to mention numerous additional honors and decorations. The brand is also associated with other groups and has an online boutique.
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