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    Promising both German and French treats,   Stefan Mrosek, the new pastry chef at ITC Grand Chola is full of surprises.

    LAST weekend, ITC Grand Chola had a special Bee Sting cake on their Mother’s  Day menu. The classic German cake with a topping of caramelised almonds wasn’t the only unusual addition to the dessert buffet (also updated at the hotel’s multi-cuisine restaurant, Madras Pavilion). The clafoutis, a rustic French dessert where sweet cherries dot a pancake-like batter is seeing many converts. As is the German buttercream cake, frankfurter kranz. All of of these baked treats are courtesy the hotel’s fairly new pastry chef, Stefan Mrosek (he joined the hotel last November). Mrosek has made a few welcome changes at Nutmeg-The Gourmet Shop as well – you can ask for the flavoured chocolate mousse or other chocolate experiments at Cafe Mercara (where the desserts are available at present while Nutmeg is currently undergoing renovation).
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    Hailing from East Berlin (the fall of the Berlin Wall happened when he was working at his first job, as pastry cook and confectioner in the then Palast Der Republik — Palace of the Republic), Mrosek brings to the city about 30 years of experience and a passion for chocolate. So no surprises that ITC’s new luxury chocolate brand, Fabelle, will be introduced here soon. Chocolate research is in full swing and the chef recalls a recent workshop in Bangalore held at ITC Gardenia, that was conducted by master chocolatier, Christophe Morel. It has resulted in sugar free pralines, in flavours like orange rind and nuts — besides decadent chocolate truffles and piedmont cakes.
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    When not pairing chocolate with Indian spices, Mrosek marries the smoky flavour of nutmeg with a creme brulee covered with raspberry chocolate mousse. “I also like to use anise with red wine and strawberry,” he shares. If you are partial to macaroons, do drop by. Mrosek is promoting the delicate French cookies, known for their airy centres and chewy crunch. And next month,  when the blanket of heat we are enveloped in becomes unbearable, do drop in for a cuppa and something fresh from the oven.  Mrosek promises tarts and pies.
    Dessert buffet at around Rs 900 per head. Details: 22200000

    — Karan Pillai

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