About the author
Will Torrent trained under Heston Blumenthal at the age of 16, won Young Chef of the Year in 2009 and has worked with top chefs such as Brian Turner and Gary Rhodes, as well as for illustrious London hotels, Claridges, The Dorchester, The Lanesborough, and three-Michelin-starred The Fat Duck. He has appeared on the BBC’s Sweet Baby James with James Martin. He is a pâtisserie consultant to a leading UK supermarket and he recently collaborated with Heston Blumenthal and Royal Chef Mark Flanagan to create Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Picnic Hampers. He has recently been profiled by British press, such as The Guardian.
Recipes and inspiration for how to host the ultimate tea party with instruction from master patissier Will Torrent.
Arranged by season, with extra chapters on a Classic afternoon tea as well as a Showstopper afternoon tea, Will showcases his no-nonsense approach to the key techniques involved in patisserie, baking, chocolate work, and serving savory dishes in 80 beautifully illustrated recipes. An invaluable source of inspiration, there are also six guest recipes from top restaurants and hotels, including The Ritz, The Dorchester, The Gramercy Tavern, The Berkeley, Les Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, and Harrods.
Starting with a brief history of afternoon tea and how it came to be such a British institution, Will then offers up store cupboard recipes for basic jams, spreads, butters, and curds – everything you might need to serve alongside a carefully planned afternoon tea. Recipes include classics such as Smoked salmon and whipped cream cheese sandwiches, Cherry and almond bakewell tarts, Vanilla shortbread, and Fruited scones; classics with a clever twist such as Malted milk egg custard tarts, Cucumber sandwiches with yuzu and chive butter, and Crab mayonnaise eclairs; as well as more adventurous offerings of Prosecco, lime and mint jellies, Roasted walnut and miso shortbread, Lemon and lime matcha tea friands, and a very decadent Apricot and lavender almondine from Raymond Blanc at Les Manoir aux Quat'Saisons.
A real feast for the senses, this book will make you want to pull out all the stops and create your own gorgeous themed tea parties at home.