Now we’re not ones to gossip, but when it comes to the latest New York City sweet treat, we just can’t help ourselves.
Julie Hinault, a New York based French food designer, and Olivier Dessyn, pastry chef and owner of Mille Feuille Bakery Café in Greenwich Village, are debuting their original collaborative project GOSSIP for 2 next month. The first cake of its kind, designed for two people to share and inspired by the conversations we reserve for very close friends.
The concept initiated in France, while Hinault was writing her master thesis, when she started questioning the relationship between food, conversation, and the special status of dessert. As part of her research, Hinault observed couples, friends, and families sharing meals in restaurants, coffee shops, or at home. She witnessed the inseparable link between conversation and food; and the importance of course-order.
Hinault explains, “By the time you get to dessert, all your vital needs are met, you are not hungry anymore, you can relax, and let go. It is therefore the perfect moment for sharing secrets and confidences. Dessert is often seen as an indulgence, many of us often share a cake, or only take a small piece. We cannot bare the idea of indugling alone, we prefer to share our guilt!”
To bring this concept to life, Hinault partnered with innovative pastry chef, Olivier Dessyn, who trained in Paris at l’Ecole Ritz Escoffier and then with Camille Lesecq from the Meurice Hotel and Pierre Hermé bakery. Hinault and Dessyn have combined their talents and skills to create GOSSIP for 2 – a delicious and unique cake made with rich almonds, sweet coconut, bitter chocolate mousse, juicy pineapple, and sour lime. Each component, whether sweet, bitter, or juicy, not only adds flavor to the dessert, but also imparts characteristics of a good piece of gossip. The cake is then iced in two tones to visually express how it’s meant to be shared.
GOSSIP for 2 is available starting November 9th at Mille Feuille Bakery Café for $12.
Mille Feuille Bakery Café – 552 LaGuardia Place, NY, New York 10012