Bruno le Gac, our executive corporate chef, reveals the winner of the Constance Christmas log cake.
The whole process started more than 6 months ago, when I launched an internal competition amongst the pastry chefs of the company.
Inspired by what the top pastry chefs in Paris have been doing lately, we wanted to create a unique Christmas log cake that would be presented and served in all our resorts on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day.
The Christmas Log challenge
The rules were quite simple: the mandatory ingredients for the cake were chocolate and tea (any kind). The chefs could choose the rest.
Our pastry chefs had to come up with something elegant, original and representative of the group. The use of pre-casted moulds, chocolate decors and commercial decorative features was not encouraged, as we wanted the chefs to express their creativity freely and to think out of the box. Finally, all components needed to be edible, even decorative ones.
Each pastry chef had the same amount of time to create, elaborate and present their own version of what the 2011 Constance Hotels Experience signature Christmas log cake should be.
And the winner is…
I had the very difficult task of choosing the winning team, based on design, originality and taste. All projects were very interesting and I was thrilled to see how well this project had been received by the teams in our different resorts.
And the winner is…. Constance Le Prince Maurice, and pastry chef Chrystel Germain, who created the Constance Christmas Couture Handbag Cake.
Constance Christmas Couture Handbag Cake
The cake is made out of a coconut ‘success’ biscuit, a body of milk chocolate with coconut tea and cardamom mousse, and a heart of Malibu mousse. It is decorated with laced milk chocolate that symbolizes woven leather.
The sides of the cake are decorated with a paste made out of icing sugar, cocoa butter and glucose syrup. This represents soft leather, and it takes the signature orange colour of Constance Le Prince Maurice.
Chef Chrystel got his inspiration by passing by the beautiful Anya Hindmarch shop located in the lobby of the resort. Naturally, this is where we chose to take the photos of the winning cake.