Pierre Hermé in 2017
Pierre Hermé (born 20 November 1961) is a French pastry chef and chocolatier. Pierre Hermé began his career at the age of 14 as an apprentice to Gaston Lenôtre. He was awarded the title of World's Best Pastry Chef in 2016 by the World's 50 Best Restaurants and as the 4th most influential French person in the World by Vanity Fair in 2016. Pierre Hermé created his own brand in 1998 with Charles Znaty.
Life and career
Heir to four generations of Alsatian bakery and pastry-making tradition, Pierre Hermé arrived in Paris at the age of 14 to start his first apprenticeship with Gaston Lenôtre, called by Vogue "the Picasso of Pastry" and who revolutionized pastry-making with regard to taste and modernity. With "pleasure as his only guide", Pierre Hermé invented his own unique world of tastes, sensations and pleasures, an original approach to the profession of pastry chef which led him to revolutionize even the most firmly entrenched traditions.
He created the Maison Pierre Hermé Paris in 1998 with his associate Charles Znaty. The first Pierre Hermé Paris boutique opened in Tokyo in 1998, followed in 2001 by a boutique in Paris, located in the fashion district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés at 72 rue Bonaparte. Success was immediate in Tokyo and Paris alike. Every day, enthusiastic gourmets discovered Pierre Hermé pastries, macarons and chocolates while connoisseurs from around the world flocked to these temples of sweet delights. In late 2004, a second Parisian boutique with its very innovative interior design opened at 185 rue de Vaugirard. In early 2005, Tokyo saw the inauguration of the latest Pierre Hermé Paris concepts: the Luxury Convenience Store and the Chocolate Bar. Both establishments are situated in the Omotesando district, where all of the major imported brands and fashion houses active in Japan are also present. In 2008, Pierre Hermé and Charles Znaty launched the first Macarons & Chocolats Pierre Hermé Paris boutique on rue Cambon in Paris. In 2010, they inaugurated the Maison Pierre Hermé on rue Fortuny in Paris, home to the Atelier de Création. The brand, who also operates an online boutique at www.pierreherme.com, is a member of the Comité Colbert and has an established partnership with the Raffles group and Ritz Carlton group and Dior since the opening of the Café Dior by Pierre Hermé in 2015 in Seoul
The company has been expanding strongly since 2010 on the international scene with several boutiques now located in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Creative Style & Praise
Preferring discreet pastry decors and "uses sugar like salt, in other words, as a seasoning to heighten other shades of flavour" and refusing to sit on his laurels, he is always revising his own work, exploring new taste territories and revisiting his own recipes. As a result, praise has often been lavished on Pierre Hermé, who has been called "pastry provocateur" (Food & Wine), "an avant-garde pastry chef and a magician with tastes" (Paris-Match), "The Kitchen Emperor" (New York Times) and "The King of Modern Patisserie" (The Guardian), along with honours and decorations, as well as – most importantly – the admiring gratitude of connoisseurs of gourmet sweets.
Hermé was the youngest person to be named France's Pastry Chef of the Year, and is the only pastry chef to have been decorated as a Chevalier of Arts and Letters. He was awarded "Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur" by Jacques Chirac in May 2007.
- Pierre Hermé, Secrets Gourmands, Larousse, 1993
- La Pâtisserie de Pierre Hermé, Montagud Editores, Espagne, 1994
- Coauteur Larousse Gastronomique, 1996
- Le Larousse des Desserts de Pierre Hermé, Larousse, 1997
- Plaisirs Sucrés, Hachette, 1997
- Desserts by Pierre Hermé, Little Brown, USA, 1998
- Pierre Hermé, Secrets Gourmands, Shibata Shoten, Japon, 1999
- Desserts à la carte, Hachette, 2000
- Pierre Hermé, Secrets Gourmands, Noésis, 2000
- La Pâtisserie de Pierre Hermé, Edizioni Finedit, Italie, 2001
- Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Hermé, Little Brown, USA, 2001
- Le Larousse des Desserts, Larousse, 2002
- Plaisirs Sucrés (réédition), Hachette, octobre 2002
- Mes Desserts au Chocolat, Agnès Viénot Éditions, octobre 2002
- Mes Desserts Préférés, Agnès Viénot Éditions, octobre 2003
- Die Pâtisserie Von Pierre Hermé, Mathaes, Allemagne, 2004
- Le Larousse du Chocolat, Éditions Larousse, octobre 2005
- "The Cooks Book", Dorling Kindersley, UK, octobre 2005
- PH10, Agnès Vienot Éditions, octobre 2005. Vainqueur des Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
- Gourmandises, Agnès Vienot Éditions, octobre 2006
- Coauteur Comme un chef, Éditions Larousse, octobre 2006
- Gourmandises, Agnès Viénot, Éditions, 2006
- Le Larousse des desserts, Larousse, 2006
- Confidences Sucrées, Agnès Viénot Éditions, 2007
- Macaron, Agnès Viénot Édition, 2008
- Le Larousse des Desserts, Dohosha Media Plan, 2008
- Le livre des Fours secs et moelleux de Pierre Hermé, Asahiya Shuppan, 2009
- Carrément Chocolat, Agnès Viénot Édition, 2009
- Infiniment, Agnès Viénot Édition, 2010
- Le Livre Chocolat de Pierre Hermé, Asahiya Shuppan, 2010
- Rêves de pâtissier : 50 classiques de la pâtisserie réinventés, Éditions de la Martinière, octobre 2011
- Best of Pierre Hermé, Alain Ducasse Édition, novembre 2011
- Macarons, Grub Street Publishing, United Kingdom, 2011
- Le Livre des Viennoiseries de Pierre Hermé, Asahiya Shuppan, 2011
- Au Cœur du Goût, coauteurs : Jean-Michel Duriez, Agnès Viénot Editions, 2012
- Le Chocolat Apprivoisé, PHP Editions, 2013
- Ispahan, Edition de la Martinière, 2013
- Pierre Hermé et moi (Illustré par Soledad Bravi), Édition Marabout, Avril 2014
- Macaron, Éditions de la Martinière, Octobre 2014
- Satine, Editions Grund, 2015
- Chocolat, Pierre Hermé & Sergio Coimbra, Flammarion 2016
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