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Chefs for Chefs: Our Service To You

Posted by Bruce Banner on Apr 19, 2021 9:00:00 AM

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From left to right, Chef Frederic Larre, Chef Sylvain Leroy, Chef Eric Bertoia, and Chef Calogero Romano 


Have you ever heard of "writers block" or needed some inspiration?  It happens to all of us, and in the food industry it happens to chefs as well.


Unlike most vendors, Paris Gourmet offers a solution to that problem.  A team of chef technicians that service our customers nationwide to answer any technical questions about our products, recipes, consulting, and our favorite... demo day!


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Chef Calogero Romano and staff at Malverne Pastry Shop


"Demo day" is a unique service that Paris Gourmet's chef technicians provide.  Depending on your location, the chef technician schedules a date to spend a day in your kitchen to show you and/ or train your staff on how to produce pastries.

Paris Gourmet provides ingredients and recipes for the demo and prior to the day, the chef technician usually discusses and goes over details of what the customer is looking for.

It is a day filled with lots of cooking, photo taking, and the best part... tasting of all the pastries that were produced for that day!

To book a demo and for more information, please contact your sales representative.



Meet our Chefs:

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Instagram @bertoiaeric

Instagram @flarre16

Instagram @charliepastrynewyork



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It's Like BUTTAH!  Beurremont Butter for Croissants with Chef Eric Bertoia

Posted by Bruce Banner on Mar 10, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Chef Eric and Croissant

Last week, Chef Eric Bertoia shows you the tips and tricks to make a beautiful tasty croissant!  

The video features the main component, which is the Beurremont sheeted butter and it DOES make a difference!

Check out our video listed below for a little taste!

For the full video check it out here!

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Topics: Techniques, viennoiserie, croissant, youtube, bread, Butter, eric bertoia, food, pastry techniques, venoiserie techniques, venoiserie skills, dough, dough sheeter, Beurremont butter, Pastry Skills, croissant dough

***New Video Alert: Chocolate Bark***

Posted by Bruce Banner on Jan 26, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Someone once said "Flowers mean I'm sorry and chocolates mean I love you".  With that being said and Valentine's Day coming up, what better way to show "I love you" with some chocolate!


But lets be honest, picking up a box of chocolates for Valentine's Day and any occasion is a very typical fashion.  Its time to get creative and by creative, we mean chocolate bark!  

Best known for consuming during the winter as peppermint bark.  The varieties of making chocolate bark are endless and very eye catching!


For more tips, tricks, and inspiration check out the video below featuring our very own chef technician Calogero Romano.



Topics: Videos, Techniques, nuts, Cacao Noel, decorations, Pastry Trends, education, Amifruit, trends, youtube, chocolate, celebration, marshmallow, Calogero Romano, dark chocolate bark, candied fruit, chocolate bark, Noel Chocolate, freeze dried raspberries, freeze dried strawberries, nutley farms, valentines day

Think Chocolate! with Pastry Chef Eric Bertoia

Posted by Bea Davis on Jun 5, 2020 10:36:56 AM

Chef Bertoia uses Cacao Noel to riff on a classic


Think Chocolate!
with Pastry Chef Eric Bertoia
Paris Gourmet - Cacao Noel

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM EST

Chef Bertoia invites you to join him for an evening of pastry.
Hear about his illustrious career in pastry arts and learn how to make a delectable chocolate cake based on the famous Lu Pim's cookies.

French-born Chef Bertoia is a veteran of 2 and 3 Michelin-star restaurants including Auberge de Templiers (Boismorand), La Pyramide (Vienne), L’Oustau de Baumaniere (Baux de Provence), Le Taillevent (Paris) and Hotel Ritz Escoffier (Paris).

For 15 years, he was the corporate pastry chef at The Dinex Group where he opened and managed 15 restaurants and 2 Epiceries Boulud around the world. Today, Chef Bertoia is the Corporate Pastry Chef for specialty food importer, Paris Gourmet.

With his experience and versatility, Chef Eric bridges classic French patisserie and flourishing modern American pastry.


Meeting ID: 864 6139 0711 / Password: 163542

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Topics: Techniques, Cacao Noel, Events, education, trends, chocolate, les dames d'escoffier, eric bertoia

The Butter Book

Posted by Bea Davis on Mar 27, 2020 11:12:00 AM

A new offering from our friends at The French Pastry School

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The Butter Book is a new online pastry, baking and cake decorating educational experience inspired by The French Pastry School. For over 25 years, Chef Sébastien Canonne M.O.F., and Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, have been teaching the art of pastry to thousands of students. In the spirit of innovation and excellence, they designed The Butter Book to share their love of pastry to an even larger audience.

Regardless of where you are in your pastry-making journey, their extensive library and e-learning methods will help you take your craft to the next level.

You can check it out here.

Topics: Techniques, education


Posted by Bea Davis on Mar 25, 2020 10:15:00 AM

Eric Bertoia shares his secrets for a great plate.

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As the corporate pastry chef of Paris Gourmet, Eric Bertoia spends his days creating and tasting plenty of desserts. He loves nothing more than to help other pastry cooks and chefs around the country raise their game, and to create menus that can really wow their customers.

But what does he look for in a great dessert? I got the chance to sit down with Eric and talk about what tingles his tongue, and learn these 7 great tips to creating a perfect plate.

1. Respecting the season

Seasonal produce

Seasonality is one of the most crucial elements of successful dessert creation. Guests definitely look for different flavors at different times of the year. For example, while chocolate desserts may be popular year round, they're definitely in higher demand in the winter. And spring and summer scream for desserts that feature fresh berries. And, of course, seasonality only helps the next element...

2. Quality of ingredients

It's a given that ingredients, especially fresh produce, is going to be of higher quality when it's in season. Featuring fresh strawberries in a dessert in the middle of December only leads to higher costs for lower quality and, ultimately, a disappointed customer. And that's probably the highest cost of all. 

3. Using 3 to 5 different flavors

Incorporating a variety of flavors in your dessert keeps things interesting on your customers palate. But you don't want too many, otherwise it becomes a confusing jumble of flavors where no single element stands out. And remember...sometimes you want flavors that contrast, sometimes you want flavors that compliment.

4. Balancing textures : crispy - soft - creamy - temperature

Similarly, having a multiple different textures at play in your dessert gives another layer of interest. If your dessert is only cold-soft-and-creamy, with no element that brings some crunch or heft, your customer is going to lose interest quickly. Think about the perfect s'more...the gooey warm slightly melty chocolate, a gooey-crisp marshmallow, and a crunchy graham cracker. The whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts. 

Delicious chocolate dessert served on a white plate5. Design/ decoration

Everything great plate needs a finishing touch. But make sure it contributes meaningfully to the final product. 

6. Presentation

"We eat with our eyes," the old adage goes. Find new and creative ways to present your dessert - ways that bring delight, surprise, and joy to your guests. At the same time, make sure the presentation is in service of the dish, not the other way around. 

7. Taste

And of course, nothing else matters if the dessert doesn't taste good. Get feedback from your coworkers. Refine, refine, and refine again. Always seek greater clarity of flavor

Follow these 7 steps, and you're well on your way to creating a memorable dessert that will keep your guests coming back for more. 


Topics: Techniques, Pastry Trends, seasonal, trends

What we're reading

Posted by Bea Davis on Mar 19, 2020 9:38:00 AM

A few things that the PG team is reading (and watching, and listening to) to stay occupied


Heritage Radio Network - The ultimate destination for savvy, entertaining, conversations about what’s going on in the culinary world.

Cuisine and Culture: A History of Food and People, by Linda Civitello - An illuminating account of how history shapes our diets--now in a new revised and updated Third Edition.

Frank Prisinzano's Instagram page "Making Sauce With Instagram’s Mildly Furious, Exceedingly Horny Italian Uncle" - Grub Street

From the Oven to the Table, by Diana Henry - Let the oven do the work with this easy-going collection of full-flavored dishes from Diana Henry.

Ugly Delicious - All the flavor. None of the BS. Star chef David Chang leads friends on a mouthwatering, cross-cultural hunt for the world's most satisfying grub.


Topics: Techniques, Curiosity, education, trends

IQF Fruits: 9 Tips For Great Results

Posted by Jillian Mead on Nov 26, 2013 10:31:00 AM

I spoke with Jean Francois Devineau, chef technician for Ravifruit, about his best tips and suggestions for working with IQF (individually quick frozen) fruits.

An integral ingredient in every kitchen, fruits are a great way to add color, variety, texture, and, of course, flavor to so many applications. Ravifruit’s excellent selection of IQF fruits are a superb way to take advantage of the harvest, year-round.




1) Think of IQF Fruits as Fresh Fruits...Only Better

You can use IQF fruit pretty much anywhere you’d use fresh fruit: atop tarts, featured in plated desserts, blended into coulis and sauces, as a garnish, or cooked into jams and preserves.

Conversely, don’t use IQF fruits where you wouldn’t use fresh fruit. For example, if included in ice cream cake, the frozen water in the fruit would make for some unpleasant, icy bits and “disrupt” the eating experience.  In many ways, IQF fruits are actually better than fresh. Ravifruit only uses fruit at their peak of ripeness and seasonality for their products, so they are consistently of the highest quality.  There’s also no waste or prep involved--just use what you need right out of the freezer, no thawing required, and you don’t have to spend any time peeling or pitting.


2) Proper Storage

It couldn’t be easier: Take what only you need, then wrap up the rest air-tight and pop the package back in the freezer.  Because these are truly individually quick frozen, you can utilize exactly the number or quantity that you want for each preparation.

3) Gorgeous Garnishes

Improving upon nature’s design is tough, so fruits are always a great choice for garnishes. The IQF process ensures that the fruits stay intact, without losing shape or bruising. Simply pluck whichever fruit you like from the freezer and brush on a neutral, clear glaze for simple, stunning garnishes.

 4) Ideal Apricots

Ravifruit only uses French Bergeron apricots, a particular varietal grown in France right where Ravifruit headquarters are located. Juicy, tasty, and colorful, these apricots are one of Jean Francois’s favorite products in the Ravifruit line. Use them straight from the freezer, or place them on a baking sheet, skin side down. Sprinkle generously with "cassonade" (Sugar in the Raw), then bake at 320 degrees F for 20 minutes. Let them cool, then refrigerate until needed (they’ll keep for several days like this). This protects the fruit from oxidation.

 5) Unrivaled Rhubarb

Rhubarb has become so popular in the U.S., and chefs love how its tartness plays against sugar in sweet dishes like crisps, compotes, and pies. When using IQF rhubarb, Jean Francois prefers to remove it from the freezer, then sprinkle it with sugar and let it defrost in the refrigerator overnight covered with plastic wrap. This takes away some of the bitterness and sourness of the fruit without stripping it entirely of its characteristic tangy nature.  Rhubarb makes marvelous compote and pairs perfectly with strawberries.

6) Perfect Plums

Plums are so beloved that the Ravifruit line of IQF fruits includes two very different varieties: Quetsche and Mirabelle. Quetsche plums are large, oval, purple fruits with a bit of sourness and great flavor. Mirabelle plums are sweeter, smaller, round and yellow--they are less common and only grown in the Northeast of France.  Great for tarts!!  Quetsche plums can be prepared using the same methods described for apricots above.

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 7) Be Creative

Instead of a typical smooth coulis, introduce some texture by stirring in some diced IQF fruits. Use IQF morello cherries for a twist on the classic Black Forest Cake: make a miniature version in a verrine by layering chocolate cake, cherry coulis, whipped cream and whole cherries. Always add the morello cherries while still frozen for best results.  Create refreshing cold fruit soups and add texture and flavor to salads and dressings.

8) Or Stay Traditional

The modern technology used in the IQF freezing process marries very well with traditional, old-school applications. These fruits are the perfect choice for classics like tart tatin, gateau basque, clafouti, and open-face tarts.  Red currants are often used as a cake filling, or glazed when frozen and used as a decoration.  Red currant jam can be marvelous but requires a significant amount of sugar.  Summer fruit mix is often tossed in neutral glaze while still frozen and used to decorate tarts and cakes.

Everyone loves homemade jams, and IQF fruits are the most convenient starting point.  Use one part IQF fruit to one part fruit puree, add 40-50% sugar, mix, and allow to sit overnight.  Bring to a boil, preferably in a copper pot.  Remove from heat, and chill to 4ºC/ 38ºF.  Refrigerate for 24 hours, and repeat the cooking and cooling process again.  This process allows the greatest marriage of fruit flavors, and the best pectin development for a rich texture.

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9) Take Advantage of the Selection Any Time of Year

You no longer have to wait for cherry season or use sub-par apricots in the winter with the consistent high-quality that the IQF process offers. The true integrity of the fruit, picked and immediately flash-frozen when it’s at its absolute best, is a wonderful opportunity for chefs to have access to these wonderful, natural ingredients year-round.

Topics: Ravifruit, Techniques, fruits

Caviar Spherification

Posted by Jillian Mead on Nov 15, 2013 7:00:00 AM

Caviar spherification, developed and popularized by chef Ferran Adria, is the process in which liquid ingredients are shaped into spheres resembling caviar.




A great technique to add a little flair to plated dishes and cocktails, you only need a few ingredients to create your own customized “caviar”: Whatever flavorful liquid you’d like to spherify (mango puree, olive oil, green tea...the possibilities really are endless), plus calcium chloride, sodium alginate, and water. Whir the sodium alginate into your base liquid at high speed with an immersion blender, and mix the calcium chloride with the water until dissolved. Then dispense the flavored liquid into the calcium chloride bath, leave it in for one minute, and transfer the newly formed caviar pearls into a cold water bath. Strain them out of the water and they’re all done.

Watch our demonstration video and check out these tips for more information on how to make caviar spheres.  Click on "Read More" below...




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1) Make sure the base liquid is not too acidic, as basic spherification won’t occur if the pH is less than 3.6. To reduce acidity, simply add some sodium citrate, but not too much otherwise the end result will taste too salty.

2) Using the tools like those in the CuisineTech Essential Tool Kit allows for the quick creation of large quantities of caviar drops, with great precision and little effort. You can also use a regular plastic syringe for small caviar, or a spoon for larger spheres. When using a syringe, be sure to use constant, even pressure so your spheres turn out uniform.

3) Drop the liquid into the calcium chloride bath from the correct distance. If you drop them from too high up, the higher impact into the water will cause them to flatten out. And if you drop them too low, they won’t gather enough speed to form nice spheres.

4) Don’t leave the pearls in the calcium chloride bath too long, or they’ll become firm and lack the characteristic pop and liquid burst that makes them so much fun to eat.

5) Pressed for time? Prepared caviar spheres are available in flavors like truffle, pink grapefruit, soy sauce, passion fruit, and black currant.

Topics: Cuisine-Tech, Techniques

Apple Pectin Time

Posted by Jillian Mead on Nov 13, 2013 3:00:00 PM

A familiar ingredient to the many home cooks who use it to set their jams and jellies, pectin is a natural polysaccharide found in numerous terrestrial plants, and in particularly high concentration within the cell walls of apples.

All pectin is not created equal, as the structure, amount, and chemical composition differs among various plants, within the same plant over time, and in the diverse parts of the plant itself. Hence there are several types of pectin available for culinary preparations as a gelling agent, thickener, and stabilizer.



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First isolated and reported by Henri Braconnot in 1825, the culinary action of pectin as a gelling agent was known long beforehand. To get good quality, well-set jams made from low-pectin fruits such as blueberries or apricots, cooks would mix some pectin-rich fruits or their extracts into the recipe. With the onset of industrialization, makers of fruit preserves turned to apple juice producers to get dried apple pomace that was cooked down to extract pectin, and eventually during the 1920s and 1930s factories were built for the sole purpose of extracting pectin in regions that produced apple juice in both Europe and the USA.

Yellow Apple Pectin is a high methylester type of apple pectin that has been standardized with dextrose and is typically used as a gelifier for pate de fruit and glazes that results in a slowly set, spreadable gel texture. Combine Yellow Apple Pectin with sugar prior before it is added to the other ingredients, as sugar increases pectin’s ability to gel and affect texture and consistency. It also requires the presence of an acid, such as citric acid, to set properly.





To create classic French pate de fruit candies, simply bring the fruit puree of your choice to a boil, then whisk in a Yellow Apple Pectin/sugar mixture followed by any remaining sugar(s) necessary for your recipe. Heat the mixture to 225 degrees Fahrenheit, then remove from heat and add an acidic ingredient (powdered citric acid works well). Dispense the mixture into molds or pour into a sheet tray with sides to set, then roll the molded or cut pieces of set pate de fruit in crystallized or granulated sugar.


Topics: Cuisine-Tech, Ravifruit, Techniques

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