When French cultural heritage meets gastronomy, it leads to a Lenôtre pastry decorated with a famous Toile de Jouy by Braquenié reworked by the artist Mat&jewski. Watch out – this is a treat for the eyes and the palate.
A tribute to Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf
The year 2015 marks the bicentenary of the death of Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf. As you may not know, he was the founder of the Toile de Jouy factory at Jouy-en-Josas, makers of the famous cloth printed with little scenes from nature or from Antiquity depending on the preference of the day. It is in tribute to him that the home of good pastry Lenôtre has associated with the fabric manufacturer Braquenié and the designer Mat&jewski to create three treats that use scenes from the “Les Buveurs” cloth by Braquenié. The cakes are decorated with a 1780 canvas that Mat&jewski has modernised with a touch of fluorescence: a creation that combines tradition and modernity.
But what about the taste?
The pastries are magnificent to look at, but they are also worth tucking into! The creative director at Lenôtre, Guy Krenzer and his chef pastry-makers have come up with a creamy, fruity delight that is deposited on a macaron shell and topped with a chocolate disc. There are three scenes for three flavours: one will introduce you to raspberries from Gaillard associated with Aleppo pistachios, the other plays with hints of vanilla and wild strawberries and the last one is a marvellous blend of praliné with apricot and passion fruit. This is a concentrate of French art de vivre in all its modernity and subtlety. The limited series pastries are on sale in all Lenôtre shops (€5.50) and on www.lenotre.com and the famous canvas that has been given a makeover can be found in the showrooms of the design furnishing company Pierre Frey www.pierrefrey.com.
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