Thursday, July 08, 2010

A cake by... Zuhair Murad

PARIS - July 07, 2010

Noeud d’amour « Love Knot », Zuhair Murad’s first ever pastry creation, is both feminine and romantic. The Lebanese designer presents this cake today Wednesday July 7 after his Couture fashion show.

“In Feng shui, the Love Knot represents eternal love, a love that never dies. It is the perfect symbol to pinpoint the passion I experience at each new collection”, explains the Lebanese designer. “This Noeud d’amour is, as it were, a final gesture, the ultimate, elegant detail that enwraps both the excellence and the perfection of a creation”. Shaped like a jewellery box, adorned with a sleek, silken ribbon, Noeud d’amour, exclusive to the Café de la Paix from September 16th, 2010 until January 15th, 2011, flaunts the Lebanese designer’s glamorous and sensuous mark “The sinuous, curving ribbon evokes the female form in all its splendour and seduction. It sheathes the surprise box beneath, wherein is found a delicate mousse, reminiscent of the fabrics used to veil feminine curves”, goes on to explain the designer, whose creations are worn by international stars, ranging from Beyoncé to Jennifer Lopez, not forgetting Kylie Minogue.

Concealed beneath layers of Guarana dark chocolate, lies a milk-chocolate cream accompanying a bitter orange marmalade and an almond and cranberry paste bedecked with a crisp, dark chocolate ribbon. Concentrated yet surprisingly smooth, these opposites blend in a most subtle harmony; “The cranberries, the bitter oranges and the almonds all hail from my native country and I found it really interesting to combine their contrasting textures and flavours” goes on to say the designer. “Thus, the red of the cranberries accentuates the dark chocolate while adding a touch of zest Likewise, the bitter oranges and the almonds enliven the mousse.
Zuhair Murad definitely enjoyed his foray into the world of gastronomy! “What a wonderful thing it is to be able to draw together the world of fashion and its inherent interest in form, with that-hitherto unknown to me-of the world of pastry, where the palate reigns supreme. The blend of flavours is not unlike the blend of textures and colours: one wrong note and all is lost. “ Prepared by Christophe Raoux, new Chef in the Café de la Paix and the InterContinental Paris Le Grand, together with his head pastry cook, Dominique Costa, Noeud d’amour will be available, in a limited edition, from September 16th, 2010 to January 15th, 2011 exclusively in the Café de la Paix. This is the third pastry in the fifth season of the Fashion Pastry Collection in the legendary restaurant on the Place de l’Opéra.

Noeud d’amour by Zuhair Murad for the Café de la Paix
Available in a limited edition from September 16th, 2010 until January 15th, 2011
(16 euros per pastry) in the Café de la Paix (place de l’Opéra, Paris IXème
Réservations : 01 40 07 36 36 –

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