Paris seen by Arnaud Larher | A passionate pastry chef and master chocolate-maker

7091 ARNAUD LARHER Paris seen by Arnaud Larher | A passionate pastry chef and master chocolate maker

Master chocolate maker, pastry chef and Meilleur Ouvrier de France, Arnaud Larher has many strings to his bow when it comes to tasty treats. He is passionate about his calling and constantly creating new recipes that can be found in his three shops in Paris, as well as in Japan. We met with him quite simply in his shop in the 6th arrondissement to find out more about his vision of art de vivre.

What inspires you to make your creations?

My inspiration comes from my curiosity: I record everything that comes to me. I don’t really give myself a guideline. I can as easily read my wife’s copy of Marie-Claire as an architectural magazine. When I travel, I also try to impregnate myself with what I see. I’m like a sponge, absorbing ideas in every field. When I feel that something is happening in terms of emotion, I hold onto the idea and I think about what I could do with it, either in the world of pastries or in the world of chocolate. I work with my ideas in stages: I see how the products react and my project grows little by little. You always have to try things because they can lead to surprises, one way or the other.

What does art de vivre mean to you?

For me, art de vivre is that each product contains an attraction and some elegance. It is what happens when you see something, when it makes you want to stop in your tracks. If it is not the case, then there is no added value. When you add a combination, a material, a texture, a reflection, a shine, something that catches the eye – that is when you are creating something. And I want to be part of French art de vivre; I want every one of my products to have its own personality and be the reflection of what is inside. That is why each of my cakes is unique in terms of originality, texture and taste. I am fond of and place a lot of importance on having a colourful and flower-filled world that is a reflection of our art de vivre.

What is the difference between French art de vivre and that of Japan, where you work a lot?

It is not at all the same! Japan is very strong in appearance and design, with another form of elegance that is more minimalist. Everything is refined and structured; the Japanese don’t like it when things stick out. In pastry-making, they excel when it comes to textures, which are more important than taste. The difference with France is the lack of character in the flavours because Japanese people like more universal tastes. In France, we try to tap into an emotion each time we taste something.

What makes you smile in Paris?

I really like the parks in Paris. They are quiet places where I like to go and to run. It allows me to regenerate, and to be able to keep creating new things.

Full information is available on arnaudlarher.com

93 rue de Seine 75006 Paris 53 rue Caulaincourt 75018 Paris 57 rue Damrémont 75018 Paris


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