Daughter of pastry chefs, Jessica Préalpato, she didn’t want to follow the same path. But, she finally changed her mind and became the pastry chef of the Plaza Athénée.
A naturalness approach
Pastry chef at the Plaza Athénée restaurant, Jessica Préalpato is one of the two rare women to be a three-star pastry chef. Crowned with the prestigious title of Best Pastry Chef in the World, Jessica Préalpato composes a pastry, between cuisine and naturalness, which is not afraid to shake up the codes. The young woman, with an exemplary career, moves away from sweet traditions to join the naturalness approach initiated by her mentor Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athénée. Its raw material is the fruit whose seasonality and maturity it respects to take advantage of its naturally sweetening power. Adapting to raw products, without distorting them, it seasons them with elegance by rethinking the codes of classic pastry. Surprising, innovative, and daring unexpected combinations.
Best pastry chef in the world
Following in the footsteps of her parents, who ran a bakery and pastry shop, Jessica Préalpato studied at the famous hotel school in Biarritz. In 2015, Jessica Préalpato met Alain Ducasse. After a brief interview, this maestro of French gastronomy recruited her as pastry chef in his Parisian restaurant Plaza Athénée. This will quickly propel the career of the young prodigy. She manages to make herself known quite quickly thanks to her innovative creations. His original, gourmet and natural desserts help him easily impose his signature. She demonstrates exceptional audacity and remarkable simplicity. Quite rightly, the World’s 50 Best ranking named her “Best pastry chef in the world in 2019“.
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