Pastry Chef at Daniel
Posted 12 August 2002 - 03:38 PM
And of course - what is your favorite dessert at the restaurant?
Posted 12 August 2002 - 10:49 PM
During my tenure at Daniel, the pastry chefs did have some autonomy to create dishes, but they did work very closely with Daniel. For instance, when the pastry chef would create a new dessert, he'd bring the finished product to Daniel, who would taste and criticize. Daniel has an amazing palate, and he always knew exactly what a dessert needed. Or at any rate, what he was looking for in it. He's not the kind of chef to say, "Oh, yes, that's perfect as is." He always tinkers, changes, fixes.
The dessert style at Daniel definitely runs to the more complex and formal. Take a look at Daniel's website (www.danielnyc.com), click on "Daniel," and you'll find a current summer dessert menu.
As for my favorite dessert, it was probably a dark chocolate and passion fruit bombe, which is no longer on the menu. And Johnny Iuzzini's chocolates were absolutely spectacular.