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Superstar pastry chef’s ‘food porn’ has Instagram drooling

Cedric Grolet has been named the world’s top patissier by ‘The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ for his hyper-realistic fake fruit with tastebud-teasing interiors

By Mark Harris  /  AFP, PARIS

He began perfecting his extraordinarily delicate fruit six years ago, with their highly worked lifelike skins made from chocolate, with a mousse or marmalade interior made from the real fruit.

“The idea was to do away with the biscuit, the eggs, all the things whose taste doesn’t really do anything and to concentrate on the taste of the fruit,” Grolet said.

It is what he calls “naked patisserie.”

His tarts have a similar hyper-natural edge, with fruit as finely cut as flower petals.

With more than a million followers on Instagram, Grolet is almost as savvy with his smartphone as his with his blowtorch.

“Making cakes is one thing but you have to know how to communicate. You cannot imagine how many photos I take before posting one,” he said. And not being in the country does not stop him creating. He keeps in constant contact with his laboratory at Le Meurice through WhatsApp.

“I draw and work even when I am on the plane, sending back everything that is in my head, and pictures of everything that I loved eating,” said the self-confessed “hyperactive” globetrotter.

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