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.
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!
Pastry apprentice in my home town “Patisserie Noailles” in Nimes, France
Your favorite cookbook?
Matiere Chocolat by Stephane Leroux
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?
Favorite dish to eat?
Weirdest thing you ever ate?
Favorite ice cream flavor?
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?
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.