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French Pastry Perfection on the Champs-Elysées in Paris
Taking a look inside a Lenôtre shop in Paris is like living out a childhood dream. Lenôtre embodies the very essence of decadence as shopkeepers lay out rows and rows of delicate of French pastries, cakes and chocolates.
At the shop, patrons can order up classics such as macarons, fruit tarts and eclairs. They can also discover distinctly French desserts that they may never have tried before. This includes the 'charlotte aux fraises,' an airy confection made of strawberries, cream and spongy lady fingers, as well as the millefeuille composed of alternating layers of crispy, extra thin pastry and thick custard.
The French are known for the complexity and exquisiteness of their pastries, and Lenôtre is considered to be one of the French pastry masters. Gaston Lenôtre opened his first pastry business in 1947, in his native region of Normandy. A decade later, the success of this shop motivated the pastry chef to open up a location in Paris. This Parisian location, and the Lenôtre name, became so popular that Gaston was often requested to cater for many prestigious events in the area.
The Lenôtre brand now seeks to pass down this tradition of taking pleasure in the art of food creation and service. As a result, it has begun to offer cooking classes that reveal the secrets behind some of its most sought-after desserts. Even those with no experience in the kitchen can take a Lenôtre course and learn how to make sweets like macarons and chocolate croissants. Some courses even cover savory items like seafood, lamb and risotto.
Those who want to taste what Lenôtre has to offer can enjoy tea time or a snack at the Pavillon Elysée Lenôtre, a restaurant on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées where diners can sample the finest Lenôtre wares in a contemporary yet quaint environment.