James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Dominique Ansel joins us for the May edition of Rendez-Vous LIVE, a virtual reimagining of FIAF’s popular meet-up event.
In a conversation with New York Times food columnist Melissa Clark , the renowned chef will discuss his recently released book Everyone Can Bake: Simple Recipes to Master and Mix (Simon & Schuster).
Though Ansel is know for his outrageously delicious and over-the-top creations such as the Cronut®, he goes back to the basics in this new book with simple instructions on how to master buttery shortbreads, moist cakes, and silky custards. His foolproof recipes for “building blocks” of desserts invite home cooks to master and mix as they please.
Everyone Can Bake has been named one of the best cookbooks of the season by The New York Times, Chowhound, Eater, Food & Wine, Forbes, and more.
A Q&A with Ansel and Clark will open up the conversation to all of your pressing pastry questions.
Duration 45 minutes including Q&A
Chef/Owner of eponymous bakeries in New York, London, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong, James Beard Award-winning Pastry Chef, Dominique Ansel has shaken up the pastry world with innovation and creativity at the heart of his work.
Ansel is responsible for creating some of the most fêted pastries in the world, including: the Cronut® (named one of TIME Magazine’s “25 Best inventions of 2013”), The Cookie Shot, Frozen S’more, Blossoming Hot Chocolate, and many more.
He has been named the World’s Best Pastry Chef by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, and is also the recipient of the Ordre du Mérite Agricole, France’s second highest honor.
Throughout his career, Dominique has been honored with several awards and accolades, including Business Insider’s “Most Innovative People Under 40,” Vanity Fair France’s “50 Most Influential French in the World,” and Daily Mail deeming him the “most fêted pastry chef in the world.” He has also been named Dessert Professional’s “Top 10 Pastry Chefs in the United States” and Time Out New York’s “Top Ten Pastry Chefs You Need To Know.” In 2014, Dominique won the prestigious James Beard Award for “Outstanding Pastry Chef” in the nation and was one of Crain’s “40 Under 40.”
Outside of the kitchen, Dominique is a dedicated supporter of various charitable organizations, including the fight to end hunger with Food Bank for New York City, City Harvest, and God’s Love We Deliver.
His first cookbook, DOMINIQUE ANSEL: The Secret Recipes (Simon & Schuster), was published in October 2014. His second book, Everyone Can Bake: Simple Recipes to Master and Mix (Simon & Schuster) was launched in April 2020.
Melissa Clark is a food columnist for the New York Times, where she writes the popular column: A Good Appetite. Her latest book, Dinner in French: My Recipes by Way of France, released in March 2020, explores French cuisine with her characteristic Brooklyn verve.
Melissa Clark has written 42 cookbooks including Dinner, Dinner in an Instant, and Comfort in an Instant.
The winner of two James Beard Awards and two IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) awards, Clark’s work has been selected for the Best American Food Writing series.
She has starred in over 100 cooking videos, and is the host of the “Weeknight Kitchen” podcast on The Splendid Table.