Blurring the line between artistry and pastry with Alexandre Dufeu

Blurring the line between artistry and pastry with Alexandre Dufeu

Alexandre Dufeu, executive pastry chef of Margaux at Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, has almost 20 years of expertise in pastry and chocolate. In an exclusive chat, we discussed the relationship between artistry and pastry.

What role does art play in elevating the aesthetic appeal of pastry?

Artistry is integral to pastry, where shapes, colors and textures converge to create captivating delights. Moreover, pastry chefs are fortunate to wield an array of tools, allowing us to bring our culinary visions to life. Furthermore, beyond the kitchen, I draw inspiration from art, infusing pastry techniques into my creative pursuits. This synergy elevates both my culinary craft and artistic endeavors.

How do pastry and art intersect to craft memorable culinary experiences for customers?

The convergence of artistry and patisserie results in extraordinary experiences that provoke, challenge and ultimately please guests. Moreover, the collaboration between the artist and pastry chef is paramount, whether through innovative design, exquisite flavors or harmonious blend. Together, we strive to strike the perfect balance, crafting experiences that surprise, intrigue and resonate long after the last bite. Furthermore, we unveil something truly original, innovative and epic that leaves an indelible mark on every discerning palate.

What is the importance of collaborations between pastry chefs and artists?

Collaborations between artists and pastry chefs are important because the two worlds are linked. Additionally, we have a unique way of expressing ourselves, so it’s interesting to see how a single theme is interpreted differently. It’s very exciting to learn from each other and to work together. Furthermore, these collaborations are important, allowing each person to benefit from the clients of the other party. In fact, it allows us to gain a clientele that we may not have reached directly. By doing this, we ensure communication and visibility for a new clientele. Working with different artists for each collaboration allows us to approach projects with fresh perspectives.

Do you have collaborations and themed pastries planned shortly?

We will be unveiling our Easter egg and Christmas yule log creations soon. Additionally, each year, I infuse the Easter egg with a burst of creativity, imbuing it with movement, texture and a touch of whimsy. While modern techniques like 3D printing and silicone molds offer endless possibilities, I prioritize vitality and authenticity in each design. For the Christmas yule log, tradition meets innovation, with confections evoking the season’s spirit and pushing boundaries in shape and flavor. Stay tuned for these festive delights that promise to captivate both the palate and the imagination.


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Rita Ghantous

Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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