Bake well with Eric Lan­lard

Ahead of his up­com­ing Taste of Dubai ap­pear­ance, mas­ter patissier Eric Lan­lard tells Pratyush Sarup why he loves to share his pas­sion for bak­ing all over the world – es­pe­cially in the UAE

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E ric Lan­lard is no stranger to celebri­ties and bak­ing. He cre­ated Madonna’s wed­ding cake, Brook­lyn Beck­ham’s first birth­day cake and he’s even baked for Queen El­iz­a­beth II.

But ask him which was the most stress­ful cake he’s ever baked and he’ll say it’s the one he cre­ated for Clau­dia Schif­fer’s wed­ding – a three-tier clas­sic milk choco­late cake dec­o­rated with ed­i­ble flow­ers.

Why was it so tricky? “She wanted milk choco­late in­side the cake,” he says. “But as that doesn’t set hard like dark choco­late, we had to insert it on the day and then ice the cake in the mar­quee.” Thank­fully it worked and it was one of the most talked-about bak­ing ex­per­i­ments for a long time.

Now look­ing for­ward to Taste of Dubai com­ing up on March 13 to 15, he is ex­cited about the city and the pos­si­bil­i­ties it of­fers to food lovers.

In an exclusive in­ter­view with Fri­day, the mas­ter baker re­veals what he loves about Dubai, his view on hos­pi­tal­ity and what this year means to him and to the food world:

What was your first ex­pe­ri­ence of Dubai and the UAE?

In 1999 I was in­vited to the open­ing of the Burj Al Arab. While I was blown away by the op­u­lence of the ho­tel’s decor and its ground­break­ing struc­ture, I was touched by Dubai’s re­spect for lo­cal tra­di­tions.

On my sec­ond visit to Dubai it was my birth­day and I stayed at the One&Only Royal Mi­rage – an­other favourite of mine. The set-up was mag­i­cal and the ho­tel or­gan­ised a chef to cook me an au­then­tic Mid­dle East­ern meal. It did not feel touristy at all.

Eric Lan­lard has big plans for 2014…


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