Chef of Chef Works – Baptiste Villefranque

Chef Baptiste Villefranque Intro

Chef Baptiste started his career in Pastry cooking in 2008, as part of the famous French

«Compagnons du Devoir» for 6 years, and then assisted Alain Ducasse in Yssingeaux ENSP for a year.

All the while, he took part in several competitions with major achievements:

  • 2012: Finalist in the Young French Chocolate Cup, Paris
  • 2013: 2nd place in Club Des Chocolatiers, Artistic chocolate showpiece, France
  • 2014: French Pastry Cup School Champion, Europain Paris

As a pastry instructor in different French cities such as Nimes, Bordeaux and Strasbourg, Baptiste decided to take up the challenge for the opening of a Pastry Bakery Shop in Moscow, Russia.

After a year of developing and perfecting his pastry and bakery skills in Russia, he became the Pastry Chef of the Ritz Carlton in Moscow.

Being part of the judging panel at the Russian Pastry World Cup Selection, he has executed and developed a unique style of dessert creations both trendy and inspiring.

He moved out to Hong Kong as the Executive Pastry Chef of W Hotel, a luxury Marriott Group hotel, where he keeps making innovative, authentic and exquisite creations.

Your restaurant/business?
W Hotel Hong Kong

 

Describe your kitchen?
My pastries are based on French classics but with a local touch

 

Favorite Chef  Works item and why?
Valencia Executive Chef Coat, very nice jacket and breathable. First Class!

 

First job?
Pastry apprentice in my home town “Patisserie Noailles” in Nimes, France

 

Your favorite cookbook?
Matiere Chocolat by Stephane Leroux

 

Your Awards
Regional finalist One of the best apprentices of France Pastry 2007. 2nd La Cabosse d’Or, Artistic Chocolate Showpiece,2013 . French School Champion. Europain Paris 2014

 

Your cooking inspiration?
Nature and travel give me inspiration on my creations

 

Your speciality dish?
Millefeuilles

 

Favorite dish to eat?
Eggs Benedicte

 

Weirdest thing you ever ate?
Spiders, Scorpions

 

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Vanilla

 

Favorite drink?
Wine

 

Favorite wine (be specific)?
Red Wine / Chateau Neuf-du-Pape

 

Who would you most like to cook for?
My Family and Friends

 

Who would you least like to cook for?
People who don’t like food and waste.

 

Favorite things to do when not cooking?
Traveling with my wife

 

Your latest project?
S’Tarts, my first Ebook, which will be available by end of September

 

Favorite city and why?
Johannesburg, because the city is so attractive and so many things to see and to learn, food is Woww.

 

Your greatest indulgence?
Traveling

 

Your all-time best culinary tip?
Cook with passion,use fresh and seasonal product, use good quality ingredients and don’t be scared to try new things.

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