WHEN it comes to making a top notch dessert, few know the trade better than French pastry chef Benoit Blin who has worked at the Ritz Paris.
Here is the lowdown on the talented and respected chef, who was is one of the superstar judges on Bake Off: The Professionals, the successor to previous spin-off Creme de la Creme.
Generics Benoit Blin (right) was a judge on Bake Off: Creme de la Creme with Angus Deayton and Cherish Finden
Who is Benoit Blin?
Benoit grew up in Normandy, France, in a small town with a bakery at each end of his street.
This humble apprenticeship, at one of these bakeries, led to Benoit landing the role of Senior Pastry Sous Chef at the Ritz Paris in 1991.
In between these two roles, Benoit did a second apprenticeship as a Patissier, worked a year’s National Service as a naval chef and worked at the Normandy Hotel, in Deauville.
Rex Features Benoit (left) with Raymond Blanc (centre) outside Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
Where has Benoit Blin worked?
At the Ritz, he worked among some of the best chefs in France for four years, before Raymond Blanc persuaded him to come to the UK.
Benoit has now worked at Raymond’s two Michelin-starred Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, in Oxfordshire, for more than 20 years.
He is the Chef Patissier at the famous restaurant, the highest role in a dessert kitchen.
Benoit leads a team of 13 pastry chefs creating fresh bread, pastries, chocolate, ice creams and plated desserts on a daily basis – and it seems Mary Berry‘s a fan…
What competitions has Benoit Blin won?
Benoit is no stranger to the world of pastry competitions.
He was team president for the UK team in the 2011 Pastry World Cup and is currently the Chairmain of the UK Pastry Club.
He says he would love to see Britain win the Pastry World Cup one day.