It was an amazing and unique experience to meet and learn from the master pastry chef Pierre Hermé for two whole days.
Turns out that this was only the second time that Chef Hermé had taught a class (the first one was at École Ferrandi in Paris). I'm still trying to get back to earth from cloud nine, it was like a dream -- a very good one!
I will write more about my experience soon. For now, here are some pictures that I've taken (from several hundreds) during the class. I will upload more to my flickr after I have had a chance to sift through them properly.
Chef Pierre Hermé at the beginning and end of day 1
Chef Pierre Hermé and me
Putting the final touches on Ispahan
The end of class on day 2
The amazing results of the 2-day class
Top row: Ispahan Entremet, Emotion Ispahan, Tarte Ispahan.
Middle row: Vanilla tart, Revelation, Miss Gla'Gla Ispahan Glace.
Bottom row: Emotion Depayse, Macaron Ispahan, Mogador, Macaron Satine, Black Truffle Macaron, Chocolate and Foie Gras Macaron, Macaron Satine (flipped up).
Actually there was another dessert created during the class (a surprise gift from him), but since it's not available yet at his stores, I have decided to wait until he makes the official announcement about this product. All I can say is that it was amazing and I feel very lucky to be among the first few who tasted it.