Shanghai, 07 May 2014: Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai will welcome the Burj Al Arab’s award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Johannes Bonin, from Wednesday 28 May - Monday 2 June.
Chef Johannes will create an exquisite afternoon tea buffet and conduct dessert master classes for adults and children. The Grill Room and Arte Café will feature a selection of his signature desserts.
Born in Lyon, France, Chef Johannes has worked alongside stellar names including Pierre Gagnaire and Alain Ducasse. He also teamed up with French pastry legend Pierre Hermé, hailed by French Vogue as the ‘Picasso of Pastry,’ for six years to refashion trends in pastry preparation. The two chefs developed a new technique to make pastries lighter and smoother. Their work influenced the global renaissance for traditional afternoon teas and the emergence of designer pastry collections.
“My pastries use traditional French techniques but the flavours and ingredients take inspiration from my travels around the world and are adapted according to my mood,” says Chef Johannes. A chosen partner of Valrhona, the Grand Cru of premium chocolatiers, he is also one of the few pastry chefs in the world with access to the new ultra-premium Valrhona Blond chocolate.
Dessert connoisseurs can taste Chef Johannes’s special afternoon tea buffet in the Lobby Lounge from Wednesday 28 May and Monday 2 June. The unlimited selection includes savoury and sweet delicacies inspired by the afternoon tea at Burj Al Arab, plus treats specially created for Shanghai. Among Chef Johannes’s signature creations are choux pastry yuzu and milk chocolate, coconut dacquoise with citrus jelly and lemon whipped ganache, and a gianduja streusel with banana passion fruit compote and chocolate cream.
A tempting selection of cakes and macaroons crafted by Chef Johannes will be available to take away. Options include almond hazelnut praline madeleines and six-piece macaroon boxes.
On Saturday 31 May, Chef Johannes will join Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai’s Executive Chef Tobias Pfister to present a three-course cooking master-class at the Grill Room. Chef Tobias will demonstrate the appetizer and main course and Chef Johannes will explain how to create his exotic mango jasmine dessert, composed of lemon sponge, jasmine crème brûlée, jasmine tea, chantilly cream and mango salsa. After the class, participants can savour their creations with fine coffee and fresh macaroons.
Chef Johannes will also conduct a kids’ pastry class on Sunday 1 June and teach children how to make and decorate a cupcake ‘à la Française.’ The class presents a great opportunity for children to be inspired in the kitchen by one of the world’s leading pastry experts.
Chef Johannes’ visit forms part of Jumeirah Restaurant Week, an annual weeklong celebration between 23 and 31 May 2014. More than 60 Jumeirah restaurants will participate worldwide and the Grill Room and Shang-High Cuisine restaurants will offer three-course set menus of seasonal signature dishes for RMB228* at lunch and four-course set menus for RMB328* at dinner.
Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel is also a proud supporter of Shanghai Young Bakers, a charity programme that provides sponsored French bakery training for disadvantaged Chinese youngsters. The hotel will invite three of their students to work alongside Chef Johannes Bonin with the hope they will be inspired to achieve new heights in the future.
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Bio of Chef Johannes Bonin, Executive Pastry Chef at Burj Al Arab
Chef Johannes Bonin was born and raised in Lyon, France. Throughout his career, spanning more than 15 years, Chef Johannes has worked with some of the most acclaimed names in the culinary world, including Pierre Gagnaire, Pierre Hermé and Alain Ducasse. His passion for excellence has taken him to such luxurious establishments as Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo, Monaco; Ritz Four Seasons in Lisbon and The Connaught Hotel in London. He also spent eight years in Paris mastering the art of patisserie, by researching and creating bespoke menus for Michelin star restaurants. He joined Burj Al Arab’s culinary team as the Executive Pastry Chef in June 2011 and now manages eight restaurants and 45 pastry chefs.
Chef Johannes represented the UK Team at the World Pastry Cup in Lyon in 2011. He has won a number of industry accolades, including Highly Commended Best Pastry Chef of the Year at the Caterer Middle East Awards 2013 and was nominated for Best Pastry Chef of the Year at the Pro Chef Awards 2013. Under his supervision, Burj Al Arab’s Sahn Eddar also won Best afternoon tea in the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards in 2013.
About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi; Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai; Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa in Kuwait; Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel in Baku; Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives; Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai; Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany; Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto in Rome; Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Mallorca, Spain; Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul; as well as Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah LivingTM; the wellness brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi WaterparkTM; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and SiriusTM, its global loyalty programme.
About Jumeirah Himalayas Shanghai:
Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai, the first hotel of Jumeirah Group in Asia Pacific is a masterpiece of modern luxury infused with Chinese soul and Feng Shui elements. Designed by world-renowned architect Arata Isozaki, the hotel is part of the landmark Himalayas Center (owned by Zendai Group), a spacious new arts and cultural hub located in the heart of Pudong. KCA International, whose portfolio includes another landmark Jumeirah property, the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, designed the impressive interiors of Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai. Featuring 401 contemporary Chinese styled guestrooms and suites, four eclectic restaurants and lounges, plus a 24-hour fitness centre and indoor swimming pool, the hotel also offers extensive meetings, conference and event facilities, including two grand ballrooms and a 5,000sqm rooftop Infinity Garden.
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