Food Porn Friday: Sweets by Antonio Bachour

Antonio Bachour’s desserts epitomize the saying “you first eat with your eyes.”   Chef Bachour just released his first cookbook, which wavers between recipe book and art book. Although the recipes are a bit complex, I’ve satisfied my sweet tooth just by flipping through the stunning photographs (shot by famed food photographer Alan Batt).  Inspired by the book, I spent the day in the kitchen at the St. Regis with Chef Bachour and his team, whipping up everything from passion fruit foam and Nutella macarons to wasabi brioche.  The pressure I felt to maintain a steady hand while placing edible flowers atop delicate mousse with tweezers mirrored that of an anesthesiologist prepping for surgery. Between the methodical piping, mass amounts of Valrhona chocolate, and never-ending chorus of “yes chef!” echoing throughout the small, yet meticulously organized kitchen, I watched in amazement as the team constructed plate after plate of spectacular sweets for the entire hotel, residences, multiple restaurants, and banquet halls.  There is no better day than Food Porn Friday to showcase these beautiful desserts that actually taste better than they look. And yes, that is possible.

Key Lime Verrines

Key Lime Verrines

Raspberry Tartes

Raspberry Tartes

Chocolate Ganache with Dulce de Leche and Passion Fruit Foam

Chocolate Ganache with Dulce de Leche and Passion Fruit Foam

Key Lime Bar with Mango Sorbet & Passion Fruit Glacee and Gel

Key Lime Bar with Mango Sorbet & Passion Fruit Glacee and Gel

Chocolate Ganache, Hazelnut Sponge Cake, Coconut Tapioca, Passion Fruit Foam and Gel, Banana Yogurt Sorbet

Chocolate Ganache, Hazelnut Sponge Cake, Coconut Tapioca, Passion Fruit Foam and Gel, Banana Yogurt Sorbet

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Raspberries

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Raspberries

Crema Catalana with Poached Apples, Apple Pudding, Cinnamon Ice Cream, Apple Cider Foam

Crema Catalana with Poached Apples, Apple Pudding, Cinnamon Ice Cream, Apple Cider Foam

Basil Coconut Vacherin

Basil Coconut Vacherin

Berries & Cream

Berries & Cream

Chocolate, Passion Fruit, Vanilla Bean, Micro Lemongrass

Chocolate, Passion Fruit, Vanilla Bean, Micro Lemongrass

Chocolate Bon Bons

Chocolate Bon Bons

Chef Bachour torching the Crema Catalan

Chef Bachour torching the Crema Catalan

4 responses to “Food Porn Friday: Sweets by Antonio Bachour

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s