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.
Will Torrent is a rising star in the pastry world and in this, his first book, he aims to take the fear factor out of French pâtisserie. With step-by-step photography, a no-nonsense approach to the key pastry techniques and more than 60 beautifully illustrated recipes, this book will become an invaluable source of inspiration and a constant reference for all your favorite French-inspired sweet treats. There are chapters on Basic Techniques, Pâtisserie, Tarts, Petits Fours, Gâteaux & Desserts, and Bakery & Viennoiserie, and you’ll find recipes like chocolate and coffee éclairs, lemon tart, honey madeleines, brioche, macarons and red berry charlotte.